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Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment: Now Is the Time

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Do American women feel secure entrusting their entire legal protection to Justice Anthony Kennedy? Since Republicans took over state houses and the House of Representatives, they have waged an open war against women.

My 1971 Interview With Bikini-Clad Gloria Steinem

Terrell Harris Dougan | Posted 03.05.2012 | Women
Terrell Harris Dougan

A few weeks ago my granddaughter was going through some polaroids I had in a shoebox and asked, "Who is this babe in the bikini?" "Oh, that's Gloria Steinem," I said.

Why Post50 Women Will Lead the "Occupy ERA" Movement

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.25.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Can a country that prides itself as the leader and protector of democracy in the world, and one which implores other countries to include the word "women" in their constitutions (Afghanistan and Iraq), still not protect the rights of women in its own?

Occupy This: Create a Lasting Legacy by Passing the Equal Rights Amendment

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.17.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The Occupy Movement continues to protest economic inequality. But it's missing an opportunity to create a lasting legacy: to push for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Women's Equality Yet to Be Fully Realized

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 08.26.2011 | Women
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

As it stands now, the equal rights of women are subject to interpretation of law. That is a risk our mothers, sisters and daughters cannot afford.

Candidates Should Put the Majority -- Women -- Back in the Debate

Martha Burk | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

It's high time the ERA was put back in the center of public debate, and the long 2012 election season that's already underway is the perfect opportunity.

Is the Equal Rights Amendment for Hippies Like Richard Nixon?

Yashar Ali | Posted 10.14.2011 | Women
Yashar Ali

What many people don't know or realize is that the Republican Party was actually the first major political party to endorse the Equal Rights Amendment.

Gloria: In Her Own Words -- A Life in Activism

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 10.15.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

Why did Gloria Steinem evolve into a symbol of so much to so many? It's impossible to know. She became a vessel through which some women discovered themselves, their potential, and the strength to advocate for their own truths.

Does Facebook Condone A "Culture Of Rape"?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 10.15.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

The First Amendment is often misused and abused. That is the case with this Facebook page (bad grammar and all): "You know shes playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleyway." To date, it has generated almost 172,000 "likes."

What It Means to Be 50 and a Woman in America in 2011: A Birthday Message to President Obama

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 10.03.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Once we hit 50, we understand life is not unlimited, so maybe now's the time to clarify our priorities. I can only assume that President Obama and his team have been thinking about and planning his legacy for quite some time. Is he on the right track?

The Ten Commandments Of Turning 50: A Manifesto For All Ages

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 09.20.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Now that I'm over 50, I look back at my younger self and wish that someone had pulled me aside, sat me down, looked me straight in the eye and told me what I'm about to tell you.

Is America in an Age of Action, or Apathy?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 09.14.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Yes, we are angry about a lot of things... but we are not sure what to do about it. End result? We're not doing too much of anything.

5 Risks First Lady Betty Ford Took For Women

TresSugar | Posted 09.10.2011 | Women

Former First Lady Betty Ford died last weekend at the age of 93. Betty wasn't afraid to share her liberal or moderate positions on social issues, and ...

Betty Ford's Death: A Renewed Call for an ERA

Christine Bronstein | Posted 09.10.2011 | Women
Christine Bronstein

With the recent death of Betty Ford, who was a constant proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), I am reminded that women have come so far since...

The Revolutionary Moment of First Lady Betty Ford: Her October 1975 Speech Still Makes History

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

With news of former First Lady Betty Ford's death at age 93, it is easy to simply recall her as the leader of the national movement for substance abus...

Will America Kill the Equal Rights Amendment?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 09.08.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Can a country that prides itself as the leader and protector of democracy in the world, and one which implores other countries to include the word "women" in their constitutions, still not protect the rights of women in its own?

From Hope to History: It's Time to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 08.31.2011 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

My two teenaged daughters want to know why we have failed them. They want to know why -- in 2011 -- the U.S. Constitution still does not state that men and women are equal. What do I tell them?

Democrats Reintroduce Equal Rights Amendment Following Walmart Ruling

Posted 08.22.2011 | Women

On the heels of the Supreme Court's controversial ruling that female employees could not bring a class-action sex discrimination suit against Wal-mart...

Let's Put It in Writing: Women Are Equal

Carolyn Maloney | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics
Carolyn Maloney

Most Americans believe women already have the same rights as men under our Constitution. But sadly they are mistaken.

'Feminists Love Divorce!'

Beverly Willett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Beverly Willett

"If there's one thing feminists love, it's divorce - they consider it liberating." That's just one of the claims Phyllis Schlafly and her co-author S...

Put Women in the Constitution

Terry O'Neill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The harsh reality is that men like Antonin Scalia, John Boehner and other right-wing ideologues are determined to use their power to keep women down. That is why we need an explicit guarantee of equality for women in the Constitution.

Movie Review: Made in Dagenham

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

That equal pay-for-women movement began in the British town of Dagenham -- and is the subject of the funny, uplifting Made in Dagenham, a film by Nigel Cole.

Ninety Years After Suffrage, Impoverished Mothers Need Another Kind of Equality

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Although the women's vote marked modern progress, modern women seeking to overturn economic patriarchy today need something on the order of a revolution.

The Women's Deliberation Movement

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

In this era, we can no longer afford for deliberation, defined as "leisureliness of movement or action; slowness" to define us as women.

Health Insurance Reform: Bittersweet for Women's History

Lindsey Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsey Horvath

Without pro-choice elected leaders voting for reform, we would not have anything to celebrate; however, the health care bill is an example of legislation that allows women to be the object of discriminatory practices.