Betty Jean and the ERA
If you haven’t been over to Oh My Valve’s yet today, go HERE. There is the most recent news, contact information on the judge that will preside over the domestic violence, and attempted murder case perpetrated upon Betty Jean’s daughters.
For your edification, there is also a great list of statistics on domestic violence.
Politics are personal. Domestic Violence is personal. We all know this could my daughters, your daughters, or even your sons in this position.
The ERA is personal. If the ERA were passed we would be evaluating this event as a possible hate crime. We would be viewing domestic violence as what it is, a controlled expression of hate. Until we put this rotten apple in the same barrel as all the other apples of violence, we can’t begin to punish, treat it or end it. Betty Jean has been a prime PUMA advocate of the ERA. Her family and ours deserve this equality. Recently Betty Jean said that women are being deliberately and systematically excluded from their equal rights as citizens. She cited the $300,000 cap on sexual discrimination suits, not applicable to racial discriminations suits, as one example. She is right. Equal Rights.org says:
[Would anyone really want to turn back the clock on women’s advancement? Ask the members of Congress who have tried to cripple Title IX, which requires equal opportunity in education – who have opposed the Violence Against Women Act, the Fair Pensions Act, and the Paycheck Fairness Act – who voted to pay for Viagra for servicemen but oppose funding for family planning and contraception – who for decades have blocked U.S. ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Most laws that discriminated explicitly against women have been removed from the books – in many cases, as a result of the political power and expertise developed by women in the course of the ERA ratification campaign. The current legal and judicial systems, however, still often have an impact on women that works to their disadvantage, because those systems have traditionally used the male experience as the norm.
Therefore, lawmakers and judges must be encouraged to include equitable consideration of female experiences as they deal with issues of Social Security, taxes, wages, pensions, domestic relations, insurance, violence, and more. Without an Equal Rights Amendment providing motivation, the status quo will change much more slowly.]
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
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.
2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
I am grieved for Betty Jean and her family. We must help however we can. I think she wants us to carry on and do what we must to END THIS!
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