Delaware Law School Dean Rodney Smolla; the Honorable Susan DelPesco, Superior Court of Delaware (retired); the Honorable Randy J. Holland, Justice, Delaware Supreme Court (retired); Kyle Evans Gay, Esq.; and LaKresha Moultrie, Esq. discuss the Delaware Equal Rights Amendment that will voted on the required second time by Delaware’s General Assembly early in the 2919 150th legislative session.https://wumail-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/dsvallee_widener_edu/EaInK3Th6WlEsICDCx3EKQoB8GYTB6xj2pMrQ3ApydNNtA?e=e5FF3n
Seven alumnae of the 2017 program launched campaigns. Congratulations are in order for Dee Durham, Kendra Johnson, and Laura Sturgeon for their election to the New Castle County County Council, the Delaware House, and the Delaware Senate, respectively. Not coincidentally, the 2018 election resulted in increased female representation in all three legislative bodies. In other results, Monica Taylor was elected to the board of the second largest school district in Pennsylvania. Two other program alumnae ran very credible campaigns but were defeated by vastly more experienced and politically connected candidates, while a third alum lost by only 140 votes in what was probably the most competitive state legislative race of 2018. We look forward to even greater success in the critically important 2020 elections.
On July 18, 115 legislative candidates were queried by email about their support for the ERA to Delaware’s Constitution. 94% of those responding indicated that, if elected/reelected, they intended to vote for the amendment when it comes up for approval the required second time in 2019.
Read the report: Candidate ERA Support Report
There is a comprehensive and highly readable article in the Delaware News Journal for an excellent analysis of the current state of the Delaware General Assembly and why programs such as our Ready to Run® Delaware are so essential to advancing women’s equality and empowerment. Go here
The percentage of Women in Delaware’s General Assembly General Assembly has dropped from 33% to 21% since 2006
The first leg of an Equal Rights Amendment to Delaware’s Constitution passed 35 to 6 in the House and 17 to 4 in the Senate
In an historic vote, an Equal Rights Amendment to the Delaware Consitution was passed by the General Assembly. Given two previous failures in 2016 and 2017, the vote margins were surprisingly strong as was the degree of bipartisan support it received. As a constitutional amendment, the ERA must receive a two-thirds majority vote again in 2019.
Thanks are due to House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Senator Stephanie Hansen for their leadership in successfully guiding the bill to passage and to Delaware ERANow members for their efforts in letting legislators know about the importance of the Amendment to women and all Delawareans.
Talk to your friends and acquaintances about the importance of the bill. Tell them to talk to their friends and acquaintances.
Contact your state Representative and Senator and express your support for the bill.
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Here are some important points you can make when discussing the bill: