Women’s History Month

Posted on March 13th, 2012, by iMinerva

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March was Women’s History Month focused on education and empowerment for women.  It’s too bad this observance is not as well known or celebrated as some of our other holidays, like Columbus Day. Without strong, empowered women there would be no Columbus and perhaps no America  – remember, Isabella, the Queen of Spain helped finance his explorations.

Hard to believe that women in America weren’t able to vote until 1920 – tho women had the right to vote in many other countries around the world for years prior. Thank you Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the many Suffragists who fought for this right resulting in the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution securing the right to vote and full citizenship for women.

Hard to believe the Equal Rights Amendment ensuring “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex” was never passed.  First introduced in 1923, the amendment was finally passed by Congress in 1972 and sent to the states for ratification.  Ratification required 38 states (there were only 48 states back then) – 22 signed on immediately. By 1977, 35 states had ratified the ERA. The remaining 15 states* did not and in June 1982 the ratification deadline expired.  (I had forgotten that historic stupidity.) So gals, the Constitution still does not protect us as “equals” under the law.

Remind your daughters and your granddaughters that while progress moves slowly, they should not!  Today, women can become astronauts, presidential candidates (and, one day, president), CEOs, scientists, elite athletes, poets and artists, brain surgeons, and anything else they aspire to.   Although we may not be Constitutionally “equal,” we are surely the stronger sex – not just because we do the birthin’, but because we are smart, talented and determined.  We never say “never.”

 

*The 15 states that did not ratify the ERA: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.

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