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Delaware Legal Experts Discuss the Proposed Delaware Equal Rights Amendment

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. read more...

2018 Electoral Successes for 2017 Ready to Run® Delaware Alumnae

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. read more...

Delaware General Assembly: What’s with all the white guys?

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 read more...

HB 399 Passes Delaware General Assembly

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. read more...

What can you do to promote HB 399?

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.
(go here for contact information)

Here are some important points you can make when discussing the bill:

  • The vast majority of Americans believe that equal rights should exist for men and women. Most believe that women already have equal rights under our U.S. Constitution. They do not.  They never have.
  • “Certainly, the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it.   IT DOESN’T.”  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
  • It has been 95 years since an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was first proposed. It has been 46 years since both houses of Congress approved the amendment and sent it to the states for ratification.  The amendment required 38 states for ratification.   It fell short by 3 states.  As a result, men and women are treated differently under our Constitution, as Justice Scalia succinctly explained.
  • In the absence of federal constitutional protections for 51% of our population, 23 states have taken it upon themselves to provide equal protections under their state constitutions. It is time for Delaware to do the same.
  • House Bill No. 299 was introduced in the Delaware House of Representatives on January 16, 2018. It says: “Equality of Rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of the sex of the individual.”   It applies equally to both men and women.
  • House Bill 299 is simple justice.
  • House Bill 299 will provide protection against state and local laws that discriminate on the basis of sex.
  • Constitutions reflect and guide states’ and nations’ values. The absence of a federal ERA perpetuates a culture of disrespect for women. It is long past time to change that culture, beginning here in Delaware.
  • By adding an Equal Rights Amendment to our Constitution, Delaware will officially declare that “equal protection under the law” is a fundamental right, as it should be.
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