The audience of 150+ for the Delaware ERANow Oct. 4th Equal Means Equal screening were glued to their seats, by turn laughing at the ludicrous reasons the U.S. Constitution does not recognize women’s equality and appalled at the consequences of that absence for women and children. Delaware ERANow would like to thank cosponsors AAUW Wilmington and the Delaware Law School Family Health Law and Policy Institute, and all who made this “sold out” event such a success. Particular thanks go to Jessica Neuwirth of the ERA Coalition and Dean Rodney Smolla of the Delaware Law School for leading the post film discussion. In all, a rousing success.
Billed as the definitive documentary on the status of women in America, the film to be shown as part of the Society’s Women’s Film Series in partnership with AAUW. The Equal Means Equal showing is being co-presented by AAUW and Delaware ERANow at the Cinema Art Theater in Lewes DE.
EQUAL MEANS EQUAL
Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 pm
Admission: $9 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. Advance reservations will close Tuesday, September 27, 12:00 noon. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.
Three bills aimed at fighting gender discrimination in the workplace won passage to Markell’s desk. They would bar employers from taking actions against employees for discussing their salaries, making reproductive decisions or for taking on responsibilities caring for children or elderly people.
The first of the bills increases pay transparency, a major step in achieving pay equity, while the other two bills address issues of importance to women.
Rodney Smolla, Dean of the Delaware Law School and five ERANow members and supporters (Suzanne Moore, Linda Barnett, Robert Hayman, Kathleen MacRae, and Richard Morrison) spoke before the Delaware Senate Executive Committee on June 8, 2016 in support of SB 190. The bill proposes an Equal Protection Amendment to the Delaware Constitution. The amendment would provide equal protection from discrimination for women and other groups that historically have been targets of discrimination.
Delaware Senator Karen Peterson introduced Senate Bill 190 to establish an Equal Protection Amendment for the Delaware Constitution. While it covers a number of groups that historically have been targets of discrimination, the amendment is particularly important to women as they are not protected from sex discrimination by the U. S. Constitution.
Go here to see the Delaware News Journal article on the amendment.
Whatever happened to the Equal Rights Amendment?
Despite its vital importance to women seeking equal protection under the law, nobody talks about the ERA anymore. The intense commitment and energy dedicated to securing its passage by Congress in 1972 dissipated quickly after ratification failed in 1982 by only three states.
So close, yet so far.
Originally introduced in 1923, the ERA was meant to be companion legislation to the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote in 1920. Both of these constitutional amendments were, and still are, considered necessary to achieve basic human rights for women in this country. The ERA states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”