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Lessons from Frederick Douglass for the ERA

Lessons from Frederick Douglass for the ERA

    Lessons from Frederick Douglass for the ERA    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...

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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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“The Greatest Dinner Party in the World”

“The Greatest Dinner Party in the World”

© Photo by RTE Staff Traveling from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Judy Chicago’s installation of “The Dinner Party” caused such a sensation that in the Fall of 1981 one hundred thousand visitors waited in lines outside the Brooklyn Museum to see it.  In 2003 eighty thousand people waited in lines again and worldwide it is estimated that fifteen million people have viewed this “first epic feminist artwork”*.    Thirty five years after the original exhibit I pilgrimaged to the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum early on a Sunday morning to see the...

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