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Equal Rights Amendment

A Woman's Place Is in the Constitution

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

It is clear that women are caught in a cruel game of moving one step forward to be pushed two steps back. We have seen a disappointing picture of what can happen because women are not acknowledged in the Constitution.

90 Years On, The Fight For The Equal Rights Amendment Continues

AP | By DAVID CRARY | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

Drafted by a suffragette in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment has been stirring up controversy ever since. Many opponents considered it dead when a 10-...

What Every Boomer Man Wants In A Boomer Woman

David Kanegis | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Let's be frank. Since the time of Freud, physicians have been biased in their treatment of men. Males got sick, Females were hysterical. Now years later, the dark, dirty little secret will be revealed. But not just yet.

JFK'S Contribution to Women's Rights -- and What He Might Want Us to Do Next

Terry O'Neill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The cause of equality for women is an important part of John F. Kennedy's legacy, and I hope that women everywhere join me today in thinking about how President Kennedy would want us to continue the work he began fifty years ago.

The Top 5 Issues Congress Isn't Dealing With Because of the Budget

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Without a normal compromise budget in place, legislation must be passed every few months to continue funding the government, a process which is redirecting Congressional energies almost exclusively to finances.

The Equal Rights Amendment and the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Many people think that the ERA is an outdated idea that evokes pictures of white suffragettes in bloomers, but there are several reasons why it's important.

The Debate Over the ERA Continues

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

The debate over an Equal Rights Amendment began three years after women received the right to vote -- and continues today. The proposal was recently re-introduced in Congress, along with a new strategy.

Women's Rights and Inequality in America

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

There's the woman whose co-worker had to make a sign designating her as "Engineer" because, in meetings, people would assume she was a secretary. Another woman pipes up to say: "Even if I introduce myself as 'doctor,' male (particularly older male) parents of patients still refer to me as the nurse."

The Founding Fathers Fouled Up

Martha Burk | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

On this 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the daughters of 2013 still don't have equal constitutional rights with men, though many Americans think otherwise. Nope.

GOP Forcibly Making Working Families Flexible

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The GOP forced flexibility act is part of a list of proposals House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) calls "Making Life Work." That's right, Republicans intend to make life nothing but work. No eight hours for sleep. No eight hours for anything you will. Just work, Gumby, just work.

'Boys Can Be Feminists, Too'

Kassandra Fotiadis | Posted 06.09.2013 | Teen
Kassandra Fotiadis

I still want to go to my junior prom, and I still apply makeup every morning. Women's equality will not come from diminishing femininity; in fact, being feminine might be the most essential way to dismantle patriarchy.

Equal Rights For All

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Why don't we make this easy and agree that equal rights belong to all Americans, and then legislate and litigate accordingly? Fair enough?

Falling Off the Glass Cliff

Candy Spelling | Posted 05.28.2013 | Entertainment
Candy Spelling

In the early 1960s when Gloria Steinem inspired American women across the country to burn their bras, I was just another boy-crazy high school girl. ...

Want Women to Make History? Elect Them

Barbara Lee | Posted 05.21.2013 | Women
Barbara Lee

This peak in representation is the first step in overcoming a plateau on the policy front. What can we accomplish with a tipping point of women in office? Imagine the results.

Why Write Women's History?

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 05.07.2013 | Women
Nancy Rubin Stuart

That social disconnect between the rhetoric of the woman's liberation movement and the realities of suburban life led me to wonder about women across the country who were also beginning to change traditional roles. As a journalist I I had to find out.

What Took So Long? Women's History From Those Who Made It

Martha Burk | Posted 04.27.2013 | Women
Martha Burk

February 26 marks the premiere of MAKERS: Women Who Make America, a documentary about how women took to the streets to transform society. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the series highlights women who have done extraordinary things.

Would Betty Friedan Be Celebrating?

Gabrielle Burton | Posted 04.06.2013 | Women
Gabrielle Burton

Sooner than I ever imagined. The something that comes cannonballin' out of the sky when you get older is that you wake up one day and things that were just your experiences, your memories, your life, have become history. It's a surreal feeling.

The Equal Rights Amendment Needs You - Now!

Martha Burk | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The only constitutional right specifically guaranteed to women on an equal basis with men is the right to vote, affirmed by the 19th Amendment in 1920 after an arduous 72-year political struggle. The campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment has been even longer and at least as grueling.

Women in America's History

Jackie DeHon | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Jackie DeHon

America has been in existence for 236 years, yet women -- a majority population -- are still not recognized as full citizens in our constitution.

A New Second Amendment

Norm Stamper | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The Second Amendment was apt for its day, a shrewd mix of freedom ("the right to keep and bear arms") and duty (the "well-regulated militia" clause). But it was meant for the realities of American life over two centuries ago.

Robert Bork Leaves Legacy for Right and Left

Hans Johnson | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics
Hans Johnson

The death of influential former judge Robert Bork marks the conclusion of a career in conservative advocacy, on and off the bench, and the closing of an era in American politics.

A Holiday Message for Obama

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 02.05.2013 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

In 1961, Jacqueline Kennedy began the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree. John F. Kennedy, meanwhile, started something else during that holiday season: On Dec. 14, he established the President's Commission on the Status of Women.

Building on Helen Milliken's Legacy

Lisa Diggs | Posted 01.16.2013 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

Former Michigan First Lady, Helen Wallbank Milliken quietly passed away in her Traverse City home this week, leaving behind a passionate legacy for women's rights that I sometimes fear will fall on the deaf ears of subsequent generations, including my own.

Setting American Women's Date with Equality

Kamala Lopez | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Kamala Lopez

We don't want to hear about how other things take precedence over our basic civil and human rights. Give us full legal equality and give it to us now. Put the ERA up for a vote and end the greatest injustice ever swept under the American carpet.

Why Women Should Demand Payback for Helping President Obama

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I don't mean to sound ungrateful. President Obama has shown a great deal of support for women on many levels, starting with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. However, it's time for the President to go beyond that.