Delaware Equal Rights Amendment Obtains Final Approval

In an historic moment for Delaware women and the state, HB1 (the Equal Rights Amendment) is now part of Delaware’s Constitution following the Senate vote on January 16, 2019 of 16 yeas to 5 nays.

Delaware, the second state to ratify the unsuccessful federal ERA in 1972, is the last of the ratifying states to pass its own equal protection clause or ERA. Thank you Delaware ERANow members and leaders, and the many other women and men that joined with us across the state to get this done. House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Senator Stephanie Hansen are to be commended for seeing the legislative struggle for Delaware’s ERA through to its successful conclusion. read more...

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 be 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 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...