Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Women have equal rights, right?

The Equal Rights AmendmentImage by dbking via Flickr

Think again.

The last time around (1972-82) we couldn't even get the 38 states required to pass the Equal Rights amendment. Will we be more successful this time?

Check out the World Economic Forum's rankings below regarding our status as women if you think this is an overblown and unnecessary issue.

Equal Rights Amendment Reintroduced Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Judy Biggert (R-IL), and more than 50 co-sponsors reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment today in the House of Representatives. The amendment would add the following sentence to the US Constitution: "Equality of Rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex".

Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal said, "Although women in the United States have made considerable gains in the last 40 years, we are now lagging behind the rest of the world in closing the gender gap. According to the World Economic Forum, the US ranks 31st of 128 countries overall, but 76th in educational attainment, 36th in health and survival, 69th in political empowerment, and 70th for wage equality for similar work. In the representation of women in our Congress, we rank 71st. Clearly, the US needs an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to help women overcome systemic sex discrimination in our nation".

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