AZ State Senate, 5-1-17

We cheer and continue to support our allies in the AZ Senate. It is horrific these stands and statements are necessary in 2017. #AZNOW #InezCasianoNOW and other like minded organizations, are not only taking note of who has voted Nay, we are resolved in replacing their elected positions with pro ERA Senators in 2018.
Kathryn Mitchell, AZ NOW PAC Coordinator & Inez Casiano NOW Interim Treasurer

Today there was an opportunity to vote on bringing the ERA up for a Vote. We were not alone in showing support for the ERA.
***** To be clear, today's vote was about IF the ERA should be voted on.***** The Aye votes - 10, Nay votes - 15, Not Voting - 4, Vacant - 0. These results demonstrate there will be no vote on the ERA in the AZ Senate this session.

From Left to Right: Paula Cullison, Akanksha Mishra, Kathryn Mitchell, Rivko Knox, Dianne Post, Anne pyron, Rebecca McHood, Anissa Rasheta, and Meg Abhau.

Pictured above is Senate Minority Whip Quesada speaking in favor of voting on the ERA.
ACTION: Send your thank you's to the following Senator's for standing and speaking in support of the ERA: Minority Leadership Hobbs, Minority Leadership Assistant Farley, Minority Whip Quesada, Dalessandro and Mendez.
AZ Legislative Info to find or contact your legislator

We find it Ironic the birds have left their comments at the front door of the AZ Senate Building.
Anissa Rasheta, Mormons for ERA member

Rebecca McHood, ERA Coalition member

#SolidarityRepost #NOW Thanks Pat! Equal Rights Amendment is not “dead” or “irrelevant.” Have an afternoon tea or early cocktail party, watch the movie "Equal Means Equal" and tune into the panel discussion with our feminist heroes. Next Friday, April 21. Let’s never give up until we’re equal…all of us.

ERA Coalition
Dear friends,
We hope you will join us on April 21st for our first Campus Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Day. Campuses and individuals across the country will watch the documentary 'Equal Means Equal' on their campuses, in their dorms or at a private house party at 6 pm ET/ 5 pm CT/ 4 pm MT/ 3 pm PT. Individuals can rent or purchase the film through Amazon or iTunes.
Equal Means Equal Trailer Link Here
After the film, we invite you to tune in to a livestreamed panel discussion at 7:45 pm ET/ 6:45 pm CT/ 5:45 pm MT/ 4:45 pm PT on the Equal Rights Amendment, featuring Gloria Steinem, Patricia Arquette, Betty Dukes, Representative Carolyn Maloney and Carol Jenkins, and the opportunity to ask your questions in real time on Twitter. Tweet your questions directly to our panel with the hashtag #askERAday and the name of your state or school (Example: #HunterCollege or #NewYork).
The Eva Kastan Grove Fellows from Hunter College are organizing the event and invite everyone to participate. Click here to RSVP.
RSVP for Campus ERA Day on April 21st!
Jessica Neuwirth

This article has been reposted with permission by Kathryn Mitchell,
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Arizona Capital Times, Dianne Post and Kaitlin Ford

— Dianne Post is a Phoenix attorney and Kaitlin Ford is an intern for NOW.

By: Guest Opinion  January 21, 2016 , 5:30 pm

Most Americans have heard of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). What most Americans do not realize is that the ERA did not pass and is not a part of the U.S. Constitution. How can this be when between 91 percent to 96 percent of American adults polled believe that men and women should have equal rights, and 72 percent already think that men and women have equal rights guaranteed by the Constitution (ERA Survey)? How can this be when the U.S. imposed the ERA language on other countries in 1945 and encouraged it in its foreign assistance in all the former Soviet Union countries in the 1990s? How can this be when the Republicans were the first to endorse the ERA in the party platform in the 1940s with the Democrats shortly following suit?

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Yet it remains that America is one of few countries that does not guarantee women equal protection of rights under the Constitution. In fact, corporations received equal rights under the 14th Amendment before women did. U.S. Supreme Court justices have made it clear that the Constitution does not prohibit discrimination based on sex. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “If I could choose an amendment to add to the Constitution, it would be the Equal Rights Amendment. I think we have achieved that through legislation, but legislation can be repealed, it can be altered. So I would like my granddaughters, when they pick up the Constitution, to see that notion — that women and men are persons of equal stature — I’d like them to see that is a basic principle of our society.”

The ERA was born in 1923 after women won the right to vote. It was introduced every year in Congress until finally, in 1972, the ERA was passed by Congress and by 1984 ratified by 35 states of the 38 needed. The ERA is the only proposed amendment that had an expiration date on it – a practice many challenge. Since then, it continues to be introduced in Congress every year and a new movement has arisen to see it passed by 2020 because there still is an urgent need for the ERA in today’s society.

The ERA will help improve the lives of men and women by making equality a Constitutional principle as well as a law, as it is now in some areas. The U.S. falls behind many other countries in measures of women’s equality from the number of parliamentarians to maternal deaths to response to domestic violence. The Inter-American Commission for Human Rights found recently in the Jessica Gonzales case that the U.S. violated the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man by failing to protect victims of domestic violence.

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Currently women make on average 83 cents on the dollar compared to men performing the same job. Women also are less likely to have benefits at work such as insurance and pensions. These are only a few examples of how the ERA will improve the lives of all American citizens now and in the future.

Arizona did not pass the ERA in the 1980s. In fact, the state donated $10,000 of taxpayer money to the Mountain States Defense Fund to defeat the ERA. But women in Arizona still demand equality. State Rep. Rebecca Rios will be introducing the ERA again this year. It has been introduced many past years but leadership refused to assign it to a committee, let alone have a hearing. The women of Arizona deserve better. Arizona was once a beacon for women’s rights. Women could vote in Arizona in 1912, and Rachael Berry, from Apache County, was the first woman legislator elected in Arizona in 1914 before women in the rest of the country could even vote. Isabel Greenway was Arizona’s first congresswoman and only representative from 1933-1935. Arizona holds the record for the most women governors (four, three in a row) and having women hold all state offices at the same time (1998). The first woman appointed to the Supreme Court came from here. Arizona needs to reclaim its place in the march toward equality by ratifying the ERA today and moving toward that day that all discrimination will end.

— Dianne Post is a Phoenix attorney and Kaitlin Ford is an intern for NOW.