On Sunday, July 7, the National Organization for Women (NOW) adopted a resolution at their annual National Conference in Chicago that will make it difficult for congressional representatives, senators and state politicians to ignore women’s equality with no or little consequence.
Women in the United States are not considered equal under the law because the Equal Rights Amendment was never ratified into the U.S. Constitution. A new movement to ratify the ERA has been gaining ground.
NOW and the NOW PACS supported two different strategies towards ratification, which allowed legislators to sign off on one piece but decline to support the other. Until now, politicians were able to exploit this by saying they were supportive of women while not having to deliver. Under the rules of the new resolution, NOW will only endorse and make contributions to political candidates who:
– support the three state strategy that includes removing the deadline to the ERA.
– support the start-over strategy and any new revision.
AND for U.S. Senators only
-sign on to the International Women’s Treaty – CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – United Nations).
NOW will also use Political Spectrum Scoring to determine the actuality of the candidates’ participation. When candidates sign on to bills that positively affect women, it will be reflected in their score. Politicians who do not sign on to all three will not get the support of NOW or funds from the NOW PACs. NOW is the pre-eminent feminist organization in the United States. It is likely that other organizations will respond with a similar stance.
Why This is HUGE
A time limit was placed on equal rights for women in America.
Congress imposed a deadline for ratification of the ERA by June 30, 1982. Only 35 of the 38 states ratified in time, and the measure failed. Congressional representatives have ignored the ERA, and the public wasn’t fighting for the passage. Too many Americans are under the impression we are equal. We are not.
The War On Women is raging out of control and if politicians want the women’s vote, they need to fully endorse all efforts to achieve gender equality. Because legislation and candidates surface at different times, the idea was to give real support to anything that moves any of the strategies forward. If an elected official verbalizes confusion on which path to support, this new deal makes it easy. They must sign on to all three or risk losing NOW’s endorsement and funding.
“One issue that an overwhelming number of women agree on is removing gender discrimination, recognizing women’s equality in the U.S. Constitution, and a bundled package that secures the successful ratification of the ERA. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a woman who will support a candidate who does not support the three-pronged approach. Any politician who chooses not to sign on to this, will do so at their own peril,” said Eileen Davis of Women Matter Use Your Power.
Until now, NOW hadn’t connected ERA to CEDAW in the same resolution. CEDAW, also known as The International Women’s Treaty, is a global movement initiated by the United Nations and has not yet been ratified by the United States. Only six other countries have not ratified it: Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and two small Pacific Island nations (Palau and Tonga). Clearly, this is a stumbling block in securing even the most basic of human rights efforts when the largest republic in the world stands among countries with less than stellar human rights backgrounds. Learn more about CEDAW HERE.
Why All Three?
It’s the Fort Knox of the path to equality. It no longer makes it too confusing for reluctant politicians to hop on board the women’s equality train. One path does not rule out the other. Women’s rights is not a political issue. It is a human rights issue. No one should have to ask for equality. It is our birthright, and it should be permanent.
There has been a grassroots effort to ratify the ERA. Current legislation that removes the deadline on the ratification date has been drafted and is seeing positive results. A White House petition to ratify the ERA garnered the required amount of signatures in a 30-day period.
Why Do We Need The Equal Rights Amendment?
Kimberley-SM Kimberley A. Johnson (BIO) – A.K.A. The Anti Coulter is the author of The Virgin Diaries and an activist for women’s rights. Like her on Facebook, Twitter or friend her on FB HERE.