Women’s Equality Party

c.H.79.3c1.Screen-Shot-2014-10-14-at-3.45.39-PMThe Equal Rights Amendment was a proposed amendment to the US Constitution to guarantee equal rights for women.  In 1972 this was passed in both houses of Congress and then went to the state legislatures for ratification with a deadline of March 1979.  Yet in 1977 only 35 of the 38 states needed to ratify the amendment came through.  And so, the ERA was never passed.

I clearly remember this.  I could not understand what the big deal was.  How could the ERA not be passed?  It just seemed so ridiculous that anyone would not want to give equal rights to women and acknowledge that through the eyes of the law.  It was probably the first time I realized how ridiculous and out of touch Government can be.

Supposedly Senator Bob Menendez reintroduced the ERA amendment in March of 2013 under the 113th Congress that has more women than ever before.  I do hope that this makes its way through the channels to become law.

Now there is a group of women, Chris Quinn being one of them, leading the efforts of the Women’s Equality Party in NY. If 50,000 people cast their vote for WEP on election day (Nov 4) they will have formed the first women’s agenda political party with the hope that women’s rights would no longer be put on the back burner.

This is a step in the right direction.  They want to ensure that candidates support women’s issues and that women are treaty equally.

There is an event tonight at the Tai Ping Showroom, 860 Broadway, 4th floor at 17th Street between 630-830.  You can click here to RSVP and attend.  If you can’t attend at least make sure you vote for this on November 4th.

It is smart and it is about time.  #WomensEqualityParty



Comments (Archived):

  1. Brandon Burns

    Saw this and thought of you: http://www.npr.org/blogs/mo…My grandmother used to teach computer science. It was all women in her day. So interesting to look back at history to see how and why things changed.

  2. Alex Wolf

    #WomensEqualityPartyAwesome.Was just at White House with a group of women invited to address the “death by 1,000 cuts” of impediments to women that the new WH CTO Megan Smith referenced. In this day and age it’s backwards and embarrassing to think we face basic problems in equality in the US that many European countries solved long ago.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Totally agree. Its about the culture too