BIG News About the Equal Rights Amendment and the National Organization for Women
The War On Women is raging out of control and if politicians want the women’s vote, they need to fully endorse all efforts to achieve gender equality. Because legislation and candidates surface at different times, the idea was to give real support to anything that moves any of the strategies forward. If an elected official verbalizes confusion on which path to support, this new deal makes it easy. They must sign on to all three or risk losing NOW’s endorsement and funding.
“One issue that an overwhelming number of women agree on is removing gender discrimination, recognizing women’s equality in the U.S. Constitution, and a bundled package that secures the successful ratification of the ERA. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a woman who will support a candidate who does not support the three-pronged approach. Any politician who chooses not to sign on to this, will do so at their own peril,” said Eileen Davis of Women Matter Use Your Power.
Until now, NOW hadn’t connected ERA to CEDAW in the same resolution. CEDAW, also known as The International Women’s Treaty, is a global movement initiated by the United Nations and has not yet been ratified by the United States. Only six other countries have not ratified it: Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and two small Pacific Island nations (Palau and Tonga). Clearly, this is a stumbling block in securing even the most basic of human rights efforts when the largest republic in the world stands among countries with less than stellar human rights backgrounds. Learn more about CEDAW HERE.