Hey, Sarah Palin, are you going to help ratify the Constitution for women’s rights??

,Gerardine Baugh ©Women’s Rights and the Great “Stay at Home Debates”…

I was reading a Blog where the, “stay at home mom” guilt debate was still alive. Not only alive. But generating the same guilt it had, when women were trying to “find their place” at home and at work in the sixties and seventies.

That phrase, “find their place” gave me pause, maybe that wasn’t quite what I meant.

I had to think about it for a few minutes, then I realized, it fits the “debate” to a tee.

After all these years, and I’m not just counting back from the sixties, with Gloria Steinmen . I am going back to the beginning of women’s rights, 1848.

As of this year, 2008, we still ‘only’ have the right to vote- ironed out.

Women are out in the streets, marching for the rights of illegal aliens. When, in reality, the United States government’s reality, we (women) don’t have any other rights, than the right to vote.

Please prove to me I’m wrong!

Check out what is still being said.

http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/status.htm (6)

‘National Women’s Hall of Fame’ (1)

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal………” “With these words a dream was given life in historic Seneca Falls, New York, the Birthplace of Women’s Rights. Here, in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton (a Seneca Falls resident), Lucretia Mott and 300 other women and men held the first Women’s Rights Convention. The Declaration of Sentiments, modeled after the Declaration of Independence, was presented and passed by the convention. These resolutions included among other demands, that women have the right to vote. The struggle for women’s rights had begun.” http://www.greatwomen.org/history.php

Women need to stop staring at the red-herrings that pop up when our rights are being questioned. If you’re wondering, in this circumstance, a red-herring is when the nineteenth amendment giving women the right to vote is waved like a flag. While a small voice in the back is asking, “What other amendments /rights do women have?” That voice is drowned out by the din of circular logic.

I have spoken to, and known, women who had no choice with the question, stay at home or work. Career, or get pushed back in the shadows, or fired if they complained about the, “good old boys club” at work.

Women who were sexually harassed will choose to leave their jobs rather than confront opposition. I have seen women stand by, while other women were mentally put down; afraid to step forward and loudly yell, “No more.” Afraid of being labeled a trouble maker, afraid to take a stand when the person in charge does a side step, I could go on. It all comes down to that word, “afraid.”

“Why the ERA Remains Legally Viable and Properly Before the States

(Summary of legal article on “Three-State Strategy” for ERA Ratification”)

“While women enjoy more rights today than they did when the ERA was first introduced in 1923 or when it passed out of Congress in 1972, hard-won laws against sex discrimination do not rest on any unequivocal constitutional foundation; they can be inconsistently enforced or even repealed. Elements of sex discrimination remain in statutory and case law, and courts have had difficulty applying a consistent standard to gender-based classifications, which are not inherently suspect or comparable to racial or ethnic classifications under equal-protection analysis.” http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/viability.htm)(2)

Why are we so afraid to stand up for ourselves? Can anyone answer this?

Even, when it’s another woman throwing the barbs; are we so conditioned not to believe in ourselves, our cause, our rights- that we fall back when told. Then attack other women for standing up to adversity.

We stutter and stammer when our decisions for ourselves and out families are questioned. Quick to agree with the agreeable, and happily discuss fashion, hair and designer handbags, there is nothing wrong with that -until it is being used as a, “red-herring.’

“Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

~ Mary Wollstonecraft

http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/W&M%20law%20article.pdf (3)

“Thomas Jefferson wrote, “All men are created equal.” With regard to women, however, he qualified this statement, “[w]ere our state a pure democracy, there would be still excluded from our deliberations…women, who, to prevent depravations of morals and ambiguity of issues, should not mix promiscuously in gathers of men. In the 219 years since Jefferson described women as second-class citizens, the United States Constitution has not specifically recognized the rights of women. History suggests that laws lagging behind social change will remain on the legislative back burner until an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) establishes a constitutional demand for equality between the sexes.”

Did you know women have a special day, “Women’s Equality Day?” I told my husband, he laughed and said it was Tuesday, the 26th . Darn, I missed it!!

http://www.cnbc.com/id/26391005/ (4)

Would it be so bold of me to ask, why the “Equal Rights Amendment” hasn’t been ratified? I mean the government had time to give us our own day.

U.S. Constitution Online“The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
The ERA’s first section 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.” It was intended to place into law the equality of men and women. It was sent to the states in March, 1972. The original seven year deadline was extended to ten years. It expired unratified in 1982.

The text:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.” http://www.usconstitution.net/constamfail.html (12)

Ridiculously debating, being a stay at home mom, or one who works outside the home; while women ‘only’ have the right to vote….is laughable.

The words, “he or men/man”- legally aren’t superimposed into, “she or women/woman.” No matter how much we wish, or assume.

Legalities take on a different meaning when you need to debate their validity in front of the legal system. Don’t believe me! Try waving your greeting card congratulating you on “Women’s Equality Day” in court, using it as proof of women’s rights. See if it gets thrown out.

Sites referenced:

(1) http://www.greatwomen.org/history.php

(2) http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/viability.htm

(3) http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/W&M%20law%20article.pdf

(4) http://www.cnbc.com/id/26391005/

(5) http://www.holidaysmart.com/holidaylist.htm

(6) http://www.mith2.umd.edu/WomensStudies/GenderIssues/SexDiscrimination/GuaranteeingEqualRights/chapter1

(7) http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/status.htm (6)

(8) http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/fast_facts/resources/state_fact_sheet.php

(9) http://www.cultureofpeace.org/quotes/women-quotes.htm

(10) http://www.usconstitution.net/sentiments.html

(11) ~ http://www.nps.gov/archive/wori/declaration.htm ~Declaration of Sentiments~

(12) http://www.usconstitution.net/constamfail.html

 

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