Happy ERA Monday, and Happy Presidents Day!! It’s a double day, and I have a double request of you.
First: Del. Mark Cole holds an open house at his office tomorrow, Feb. 17. Activists will be present as the weather allows,
but snow can’t stop email, or phone calls!!!
This committee is heavily resistant.
We must push hard this week! On the same post, you can contact the whole committee.
When pressed, their objections tend to crumble down to traditional and fundamentalist forms of sexism. Show them that’s the only reason they could refuse us our rights.
Feel some tweetage coming on? Yeah, me too.
1st Woman #POTUS deserves full #civilrights, #RatifyERA, SJ 216 on the P&E docket!!
Second, in honor of Presidents Day, I ask you for one more action.
The fundamental political difference between the first woman president and all the men before her is that she might not enjoy fully protected civil rights under the Constitution she will swear to defend and protect.
Clinton? Warren? … Clinton/Warren?
This week, let’s focus on the Senate.
Subject: Please Support Women’s Civil Rights, Lift the Deadline on Ratification
Dear Honorable Senator _______,
You serve with women who swear to protect and defend the Constitution, but are not fully protected by it. Our nation’s daughters have long risked their lives in our wars, but are not yet fully protected by that Constitution.
On this Presidents Day, consider: our next president could well be a woman — who still may not be fully invested with the civil rights enshrined in our laws.
This is an inconsistency that should not stand for one more year. This March when Senator Cardin offers a new resolution, please sign on to support it and then encourage your colleagues to do so — especially friendlier Republicans. Cardin aims for vigorous bi-partisan support.
Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment would accomplish one civil goal: it would mend the patchwork of laws that currently tack together the rag doll of women’s citizenship.
I urge you to join which would remove the historically aberrant and wholly arbitrary deadline on ratification.
Justices Scalia and Ginsberg agree on one thing: the 14th Amendment clearly applies only to “male citizens” and “male inhabitants” of the Republic. What “rights” women do have are only supported by laws and statutes — all of which can change given a hostile political wind.
Our nation’s women are caught in a stalemate. States wait for a signal from Congress, Congress for a signal from the states. Be first, lead, honor the nation’s women with fully established civil rights. Assure us that a future female president will not be so civilly vulneralby as women are today. Send the signal — it’s time for ratification. Lift the deadline.
Let the Constitution protect and defend our women as our women do the Constitution.
With my lasting gratitude for your service to our state and the nation,