Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Pass a constitutional amendment outlawing discrimination based on gender in the United States.
Though it may be underreported, American women are not considered equal to men under the Constitution of the United States of America. Today’s working woman has conservative chauvinists to thank for this gross inequality on the federal level, but modern America is still hopeful because a woman who asks for the same rights as men may not receive as much unfair ridicule today as she did in the 1980s. While 22 states have adopted equal rights amendments, there is nothing on the federal level to protect females from discrimination in the workplace, a medical clinic, and even in the home. Call on President Barack Obama to urge a bi-partisan Congress to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
When suffragist leader Alice Paul wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, it slowly gained popularity until, 50 years later, it finally reached the state legislatures for ratification. Despite the proposal’s long and noble struggle, it failed to be ratified by the states. Paul’s idea was nothing shocking, apart from making it illegal to discriminate against a person based on gender, but conservatives today still oppose the measure because it doesn’t remind a woman that her place is in the home.
Women today earn 77 cents for each dollar a man makes doing the same work, while an alleged thinker publicly reasons that “the male is typically the dominant role.” A female student is gang raped while some openly wonder if she wasn’t drunk enough to say no. One out of four women experiences sexual assault, while wingnuts state matter-of-factly that legitimate rape cannot result in pregnancy. These are all problems, but the fact that women are not constitutionally protected from people who perpetuate such problems is even more problematic.
Activist Kamala Lopez states that equal rights will impact the gender pay gap, healthcare, rape and safety issues, domestic violence, economic inequality, cultural and religious oppression, lack of childcare/childrearing support, and reproductive rights for starters, and so it is time that women are protected on the federal level. Because state laws and policy can be repealed by a simple majority vote, it is vital to secure the next generation of young women with this much needed addition to today’s Constitution.
Women are not asking for more rights, or better rights, than men. They are asking for the same rights, and there is no good reason why they should not receive them. Call on President Barack Obama to urge bi-partisan decision to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Dear President Barack Obama,
Today’s American woman is not considered equal to men under the Constitution of the United States of America. This is a gross injustice, as women make up half the population and are, in every way, capable of hard work, equal pay, and the basic respect that comes from personhood. As it is, only 22 states in this country have enacted equal rights amendments, and there is nothing on the federal level that protects a woman from discrimination based on gender. This is a serious problem.
Women should no longer be required to suffer unfairly. It has been nearly a century since Alice Paul wrote a proposal that suggested women should be considered equal beings under the Constitution. It is time that the Equal Rights Amendment be passed on the federal level. I urge you to call on bi-partisan members of Congress to remove the deadline for ratification, and pass the Equal Rights Amendment as soon as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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