If the Republican National Convention, just ending in Tampa, has done anything, it has emphasized the need for understanding history. Unfortunately, The GOP is rewriting HIStory and ignoring HERstory.....
That HERstory is why WOMEN of America should be FURIOUS at the lies told by the GOP - now the Old White Guys Club.
Woman's Suffrage Digital Story!
History of Women's Rights 1848 - 1920
In 1921, a suffragette named Alice Stokes Paul.....
...........wrote the “Equal Rights Amendment” (called the "Lucretia Mott Amendment") and it was introduced into the U.S. Congress for the first time in 1923.
THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENTSection 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.
In 1940, the Grand Old Party, The Republican Party STOOD with the Democratic Party in support of equal rights for all.
In 1940, The Grand Old Party, The Republican Party, wrote it in their NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM....
Equal Rights We favor submission by Congress to the States of an amendment to the Constitution providing for equal rights for men and women. "
THAT AMENDMENT was Alice Paul's AMENDMENT - The LUCRETIA MOTT Amendment - The EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT.
The Grand Old Party, The Republican Party, KEPT that position in their NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM, in 1972 and added....
Equal Rights for Women
The Republican Party recognizes the great contributions women have made to our society as homemakers and mothers, as contributors to the community through volunteer work, and as members of the labor force in careers outside the home.
We fully endorse the principle of equal rights, equal opportunities and equal responsibilities for women, and believe that progress in these areas is needed to achieve the full realization of the potentials of American women both in the home and outside the home. We reaffirm the President's pledge earlier this year: "The Administration will . . . continue its strong efforts to open equal opportunities for women, recognizing clearly that women are often denied such opportunities today. While every woman may not want a career outside the home, every woman should have the freedom to choose whatever career she wishes—and an equal chance to pursue it."
This Administration has done more than any before it to help women of America achieve equality of opportunity.
Because of its efforts, more top-level and middle-management positions in the Federal Government are held by women than ever before. The President has appointed a woman as his special assistant in the White House, specifically charged with the recruitment of women for policy-making jobs in thee United States Government. Women have also been named to high positions in the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Labor to ensure equal opportunities for employment and advancement at all levels of the Federal service.
In addition we have:
Significantly increased resources devoted to enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, providing equal pay for equal work;
Required all firms doing business with the Government to have affirmative action plans for the hiring and promotion of women;
Requested Congress to expand the jurisdiction of the Commission on Civil Rights to cover sex discrimination;
Recommended and supported passage of Title IX of the Higher Education Act opposing discrimination against women in educational institutions;
Supported the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 giving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforcement power in sex discrimination cases;
Continued our support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, our Party being the first national party to back this Amendment.
Other factors beyond outright employer discrimination—the lack of child care facilities, for example—can limit job opportunities for women. For lower and middle income families, the President supported and signed into law a new tax provision which makes many child care expenses deductible for working parents. Part of the President's recent welfare reform proposal would provide comprehensive day care services so that women on welfare can work.
We believe the primary responsibility for a child's care and upbringing lies with the family. However, we recognize that for economic and many other reasons many parents require assistance in the care of their children.
To help meet this need, we favor the development of publicly or privately run, voluntary, comprehensive, quality day care services, locally controlled but federally assisted, with the requirement that the recipients of these services will pay their fair share of the costs according to their ability.
We oppose ill-considered proposals, incapable of being administered effectively, which would heavily engage the Federal Government in this area.
To continue progress for women's rights, we will work toward:
Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; Appointment of women to highest level positions in the Federal Government, including the Cabinet and Supreme Court;
Equal pay for equal work;
Elimination of discrimination against women at all levels in Federal Government;
Elimination of discrimination against women in the criminal justice system, in sentencing, rehabilitation and prison facilities;
Increased opportunities for the part time employment of women, and expanded training programs for women who want to reenter the labor force;
Elimination of economic discrimination against women in credit, mortgage, insurance, property, rental and finance contracts.
We pledge vigorous enforcement of all Federal statutes and executive orders barring job discrimination on the basis of sex.
We are proud of the contributions made by women to better government.
We regard the active involvement of women at all levels of the political process, from precinct to national status, as of great importance to our country. The Republican Party welcomes and encourages their maximum participation.
The women, of THIS nation fought a bloody battle, within the ages old, continuous war - Not JUST for the right to vote, BUT for the right to be seen AND HEARD and the right to control OUR OWN DESTINIES.
That destiny includes the right to control reproduction on OUR TERMS. Not terms to be decided by a man, a government, a religion but OUR OWN terms guided by our determination based on health, economics, need, and desire....
In fact, we don't even HAVE to give a fucking reason for our decision..
To paraphrase Taj Mahal ....."Ain't nobody's business but OUR OWN"
Proud to be Pro-Choice
We had the leaders of the GOP standing with women, declaring for ERA ratification and declaring that abortion, the law of the land, was never "their issue" to address (Talk about "Small Government"...THAT is "Laissez Faire") - The CONSERVATIVE and REPUBLICAN LEADER, Barry Goldwater, discussing Choice as it relates to the Republican Party:
IN 1975 – President Gerald Ford declared “The Year of the Woman” . Here is Gerald Ford discussing the declaration as he signed the executive order (from a segment of the Rachel Maddow Show in March, 2011). You will note that this segment of video continues to present day as Rachel discusses the events of 2011 when the Bush installed John Roberts SCOTUS struck another blow in order to return us to a country devoid of WOMEN'S RIGHTS by refusing to deal with women’s rights at Wal-Mart.
Something changed in 1976....
The Grand Old Party, The Republican Party, renewed their position supporting the ratification of ERA for the last time in their NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM as they began making allowances for the Religious zealots on the right.
The New American Taliban began to intrude with their rancorous, anti-feminist minority and they were given credence in the party platform....
Women, who comprise a numerical majority of the population, have been denied a just portion of our nation's rights and opportunities. We reaffirm our pledge to work to eliminate discrimination in all areas for reasons of race, color, national origin, age, creed or sex and to enforce vigorously laws guaranteeing women equal rights.
The Republican Party reaffirms its support for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Our Party was the first national party to endorse the E.R.A. in 1940. We continue to believe its ratification is essential to insure equal rights for all Americans. In our 1972 Platform, the Republican Party recognized the great contributions women have made to society as homemakers and mothers, as contributors to the community through volunteer work, and as members of the labor force in careers. The Platform stated then, and repeats now, that the Republican Party "fully endorses the principle of equal rights, equal opportunities and equal responsibilities for women." The Equal Rights Amendment is the embodiment of this principle and therefore we support its swift ratification.
The question of abortion is one of the most difficult and controversial of our time. It is undoubtedly a moral and personal issue but it also involves complex questions relating to medical science and criminal justice. There are those in our Party who favor complete support for the Supreme Court decision which permits abortion on demand. There are others who share sincere convictions that the Supreme Court's decision must be changed by a constitutional amendment prohibiting all abortions. Others have yet to take a position, or they have assumed a stance somewhere in between polar positions.
We protest the Supreme Court's intrusion into the family structure through its denial of the parents' obligation and right to guide their minor children. The Republican Party favors a continuance of the public dialogue on abortion and supports the efforts of those who seek enactment of a constitutional amendment to restore protection of the right to life for unborn children...............
The Jerry Falwells, Jim Bakkers, and other Nouveau riche and hypocritical zealots (Jim Bakker finished a huge portion of his life in prison after conviction of fraud, conspiracy and a few other crimes, not to mention exposure of his predilection for female parishioners) began the "Born Again" Movement to be "Born Again" in the middle of the US Government and insinuated it in the middle of women's vaginas.
Good-bye to the division of Church and State, hello the new, enhanced War on Women...........
Since that time, we have seen an increase in religious zealotry in the Halls of Congress and in the Halls of the White House.
We have seen a steady attack on the Middle Class, the Constitution and a re-writing of history by those using "religion" and their zealotry to excuse the destruction they embrace.
With that destruction is the denial of HERstory....
An entire generation of women has lost acknowledgement and much of the knowledge of that which has come before - The victories and the battles lost...
The realities of WHY they were fought in the first place....
- The truths of "back alley" and botched abortions, sepsis, ruptured uterine walls and punctured ovaries (though THE RATE of physician assisted abortions increased for those women with the money to pay, the back alley and botched abortions still occurred all too frequently for those women without the resources to buy the silence and the help of a physician breaking the law);
- The statistics for suicide rates among adolescent girls and young women forced to bear children and reviled for doing so;
- The abuse;
- The stigma;
- The health issues of birth (of special note, the danger posed by pregnancy, to immature women denying and hiding their condition, while highly stressed);
- Homes for Unwed Mothers - some good, others not so much. Girls "sent away" to bear their children and give them up for adoption - a wound that for many may never heal.
The ERA died last year, 2011...A last whimper as the women of the nation seemed to sleep.
With minimal fanfare, the ERA fell dead. Even after two extensions to attempt ratification by the states, the ERA lost the support of the GOP and the Democrats just pretended to forget about it.
Attacks on all of our rights have become so very common place - the attacks that effect every American effect women more than men because we have never attained a status of equality afforded men in this nation....
- Attacks on our reproductive rights to include birth control, abortion, family planning and health care have increased
- Attacks on our right to vote with an increase in states enacting voter ID laws and instituting voter purges
- Attacks on our ability to work and care for our children as funds are removed from day care centers and income levels drop
- Attacks on our right to education - issues associated with the downturn in economy, cuts to programs funding education as well as issues with immigration and minorities
- Our numbers falling into poverty are increasing as the support and assistance that had become a part of our society from the 1930's to the 70's is whittled away, re-assigned and reneged upon.
- Employment opportunities have dwindled and those opportunities that are available are lower paying, providing fewer benefits and demanding more work
The church began to instigate legislation as politicians who stood with "CHOICE" began to flip in order to be a part of the new institutionalized zealotry...
Mitt Romney on Choice through the years...
Those rights hard fought and hard won are slipping away as discussion of our past and the mention of our heroes go with them... And attitudes?
From 2006 ...
In 2012...The Republican Convention in Tampa....
The Grand Old Party, The Republican Party, has sanctified their stated position in their NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PLATFORM ....
It is imperative to remember your HERSTORY....
To remember OUR MOTHERS is to gain the strength and that rage TO DRIVE US.
The Battle is on...
The GOP has declared war on us once more.
- The History Behind the Equal Rights Amendment, by Roberta W. Francis, Chair, ERA Task Force, National Council of Women's Organizations
- When in NYC, get thee, sisters, to the Brooklyn Museum to view "The Dinner Party" by Judy Chicago
Cross-posted from FreakOutNation