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Even status: Would North Carolina ratify Equal Rights Amendment?
State Sen. Joyce Waddell co-sponsors bill to vote
 
Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 2:07 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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The Equal Rights Amendment, passed by Congress in 1972, has been ratified by 37 states. One more is needed to add the amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

North Carolina’s Democratic lawmakers are pushing for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which is one state short of becoming federal law.


Democrats held a press conference last week to call for North Carolina to ratify the ERA, a 1972 constitutional amendment that would grant equal rights under the law regardless of sex. In order to be added to the Constitution, the ERA needs approval by legislatures in three-fourths of the 50 states. Illinois became the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on May 30.


“Without the Equal Rights Amendment, women will have to fight long, expensive, and difficult legal battles to prove that their rights are equal to those of the other sex. Women must be provided with a constitutional right to equality,” said state Sen. Joyce Waddell, a Charlotte Democrat and co-sponsor of Senate Bill 782, NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment/Funds. “The equal rights movement is just as important today as it was when it was first written by Alice Paul in 1923. Everyone should receive equal treatment and not be discriminated against based on their gender. Illinois became the 37th state to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. What is North Carolina waiting for?”


Thirteen states have yet to ratify the ERA, including eight in the southeastern U.S. The bill languished in Congress for nearly 50 years before the House and Senate approved it in 1972 for the states’ consideration by 1982. There’s a debate now whether the 1982 deadline meant the end of the ERA even as most states have equal-rights laws. Congress could extend the deadline if 38 states approve the measure, however. Legislatures in Arizona, Florida and Virginia voted down the ERA earlier this year.


Davidson College political science professor Susan Roberts said the chances of passage in a Republican-dominated General Assembly are slim.


"At first blush, it is highly unlikely that anything like this has a chance of passing," she said. "I think it's more symbolic as anything else. [Waddell] may be doing it to put forth people who are reluctant to doing it before the public. It's doomed from the start and highlights the ultraconservative nature of the General Assembly."


As the #MeToo movement has picked up steam, however, so has the push for the amendment’s approval by a 38th state. Foes, however, argue ERA is unnecessary and would lead to removal of abortion limitations.


“Women have been the fiercest fighters of freedom and equality in hopes of a more harmonious nation,” Waddell said. “Women play a vital role in our economy—women make up almost half of North Carolina’s workers, and they are the primary breadwinner in 4 out of 10 of our state’s families. In order for societies to thrive, women must have equal rights and equal opportunities.”

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Both Nevada and hard-to-get Illinois RATIFIED THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT in this past YEAR, after nearly 40 years of NO ratifications!

We're spearheading recognition of the intransigent Republican denial of even a Florida House Hearing on this noble Amendment. GOP absolutely refuses to claim the reason for this nonsense.

We heavily mentor states that also file such legislation each year, so heavily that I receive harassment and public death threats. Imagine That from Bible-thumpers! Pretty hefty stuff for an 84 y/o woman, 5'2".

AND, we shepherd cosponsors to our own co-created US Congressional Amendment-facilitating bills in House and Senate.

What with all the GOP-lying that this Amendment has no value, is past a time limit, WHY DOES NOT THE PARTY OF $$$$$ not acknowledge that respected economists have proven that it's passage will lift women as eminent workers such that our GDP can rise BY 15%? We told the Nevada legislature, and it voted to ratify 2017. We told the Illinois legislature and they ALSO said YES! (despite needing a much bigger majority than the usual 51% vote~!~).
The state's 2 Influentials have intimated strongly that each would get this Amendment a ratification hearing. Never happened in these 18 years!

With Trump as their role model, why expect they'd be that honest, truthful?

We tell the Florida legislature that every single year for 18 years!!! AND IT COLLECTIVELY YAWNS!

The South will NOT rise again until they look at the stabilizing effect, the proven lowered abortion rate, the marital harmony, AND the economic blessing of making Sex Discrimination (against males as well as females) a violation of our US Constitution.


We KNOW why they won't hear our Amendment legislation. Yesss, we do:

They are so threatened by what they perceive will "crush" their corporate donor$ if they believe that paying working women equal wages for equal work rather than stealing an average of 20% from them simply because we have genitals different from theirs (and, frankly, because they fear retaliation from the eons of insulting, ignoring, trapping us as 2nd class citizens--for Many years even keeping us from Voting!)

SO, should my 300 000 members of Natl Equal Rights Amendment Alliance go sit down after 18 exhausting, frustrating years, consider suing the Florida legislature ? What do you think?

Heck, we have explicitly DONE EVERYTHING ELSE: put it to the GOP -laden, impotent FL Ethics Committee; gone before a Florida Constitutional Revision Committee (most handpicked GOP); given 67 speeches on this Amendment--one speech in every county, before its legislators every Fall; lobbied HARD in FL's state capitol; been run off the road and been issued public death threats (Florida's Atty Genl was quite dismissive, though there are recordings). And have given Amendment speeches up and down the Eastern seaboard and before Congressional briefings..

So, Tell me, what should we do to get this healthy bill for all Americans ratified by THE ONE LAST STATE so it can be Constitutionally codified? Our 300 000 is about ready to do Anything Legal to make sure women and girls are treated equally with our fine males..

BUT THERE IS FRESH WIND IN OUR SALES, AND FLORIDA'S WOMEN AND MEN ARE RISING UP. THIS AMENDMENT IS RE-IGNITING. WE WILL DO THIS, COUNT ON IT. SO DO IT NOW, FL LEGISLATURE, BEFORE YOU ARE TAGGED AS THE MOST ILLOGICALLY INTRANSIGENT , and some other state puts this Amendment over the top, while your cigar drops out of your open mouth!
Posted on July 10, 2018
 

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