Gender pay gap signals need for Constitutional rights guarantee

Published on political affairs pa, From NOW.org, August 26, 2010.

As students return to school this week, many will open their history books to learn that 90 years ago today women were given the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was signed into law. The history books will explain how this event began to radically transform the role of women in our society. Today, women have more opportunities than ever before. For the first time, more women attend and graduate college than men, and women now make up half the workforce. 

In recent years we have witnessed Nancy Pelosi become the first woman elected Speaker of the House of Representatives; we’ve seen Hillary Clinton come closer to winning a major party nomination for president of the United States than any woman before her; and now, for the first time, we have three sitting female U.S. Supreme Court justices. Despite these historic milestones, women are still denied the one thing that would make us truly equal to men – equal protection of the law, which all men receive thanks to the 14th Amendment.

“When history books and the media celebrate women’s successful fight for the right to vote, they often imply that women now have constitutional equality,” says NOW President Terry O’Neill. “The fact is, sex discrimination against women is not unconstitutional, and statues prohibiting it have no constitutional foundation. It is time to write women into the Constitution by ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment” … (full text).

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