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United States Herstory

United States Herstory

  UNITED STATES HERSTORY  We all come from one black woman in Africa and everyone starts life in the mother's womb as a female -    1619 Ninety young single women came from England to become wives "Tobacco Brides" 1619  First black Africans came to Virginia as indentured servants;  1641 Massachusetts and 1661 Virginia passed slave laws converting indentured servants to slaves. Any small freedoms that might have existed for blacks were taken away; (The legal framework that was used for slaves was the same framework that was used for women.  Coverture for women held that they had no legal identity....

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Declaration of Sentiments 1848

Declaration of Sentiments 1848

           THE DECLARATION OF SENTIMENTS AND RESOLUTIONS SENECA FALLS CONFERENCE (1848)      When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course.   We hold these truths to be self - evident: that all...

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Rethinking Frederick Douglass

Rethinking Frederick Douglass

Rethinking Frederick Douglass -  As I walked down Pennsylvania Avenue, the day before President Trump’s inauguration, I could not miss the fancy viewing tent with a picture of Frederick Douglass and a prominent  quote “Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will.”  It occurred to me that women, heeding his wisdom, needed stop asking and start demanding for a solid legal structure for equality.   Two days later at the Women’s March on January 21, 2017 while handing out postcards which asked “Should Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment be a National Priority?” and chatting with people...

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Equal Rights Amendment Enigma

Equal Rights Amendment Enigma

 My 23 year old daughter and her friends seem ambivalent about the importance of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”) ("ERA") The enigma, from my perspective, is what is holding these young women back from being passionate about getting Constitutional law to unequivocally state that women are equal with men? (Some States have state ERA laws but courts have been inconsistent in applying them because there is not a Federal law framework.) The answer arrived in a discussion...

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Historic Moment for US Women Nevada becomes the 36th State to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Historic Moment for US Women Nevada becomes the 36th State to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

  PC Jean Sweeney Founder & CEO of Rethinking Eve   Again we sit at a crossroads. The last state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”) was Indiana in 1977. Today, March 22, 2017, Nevada which has 40% women legislators, has just become the 36th State to ratify the ERA which says: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex”  To create a democracy for all we must have a Constitution that includes women. The truth is that our Constitution was written for white...

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