Eugene Weekly Endorses Oregon ERA Measure 89!

Measure 89

ERA for Oregon — YES

Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman first proposed a federal Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in 1923, which was meant to amend the U.S. Constitution and provide equal rights for women. Yet here we are, 85 years later, and we still don’t have a federal ERA. Voting to amend the Oregon Constitution to guarantee equal rights for women in 2014 is a clear statement that all people deserve equal rights in Oregon. While some say it’s a symbolic gesture, we say it’s more than a gesture to address thousands of years of gender inequality. We don’t think it’s redundant, either, especially when Oregon women are currently protected by a Supreme Court case that ruled equality for genders, except for “biological differences.” That’s a little too vague for our taste.