September 18, 2017

When It Comes to Women’s Equality, What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You.

By Natalie White & Kamala Lopez

Unlike most other countries in the world, the United States does not have a constitutional equality provision guaranteeing equal rights for women. Why aren’t American women storming the streets in protest over this horrific injustice? Because they don’t know.

— The gap in poverty rates between men and women is wider in the U.S. than anywhere else in the Western world.

— There are forty-two million women (26% of all US women) currently living in or on the brink of poverty.

— Twenty-eight million kids depend on these women.

— 1 in 5 American children go to bed hungry each night.

This would not happen if women were paid their full dollar. This would not happen if we had the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

 

The ERA is 95% of the way there: 36 of the 38 States have ratified it.  We only need two more states!  Equal Means Equal challenges all fourteen unratified the states to finish the job and ratify the ERA now. Join us and let’s do something about it together!

Laws and statutes, like the Violence Against Women Act, Title 9, Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and all other legislation you may have heard of that supposedly protects women and girls can and is being rolled back, gutted, unenforced, weakened or simply ignored.

The courts have explicitly stated that it is not for them to “roll aside all history” and to “take over the job of leveling out centuries of discrimination.”  The only way to guarantee American women full civil and human rights, equal to those of men, is for us to demand that our government ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Equal Means Equal is putting up billboards informing people that they need equal rights under the law. We would like to put billboards up in your hometown too and in all 14 unratified states! Can you help us do that? Donate now and tell us where you want to see billboards!

Equal Means Equal Billboards in California

When the American people are educated about this great civil rights atrocity they will do something about it.