The Equal Rights for Equality in Gender Pay Legislation 2014 – It’s not dead yet!

It’s not dead yet!

A play on words from Monty Python from the Holy Grail

News Release

November 1, 2014

In 2014, the battle rages on since 1923 when the Ratification of a Constitutional Amendment was first introduced in Congress, known as the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and failed to pass in 1977. What is the ERA you might ask?

The Amendment for Women = 24 words

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the US or by any state on account of sex.”

When we think of the good versus evil – we sometimes end up in the divisive nature of our political parties making decisions that affect our quality of life – yes, our earning power to have what the other guy/gal has. We cannot all afford to be a Wonder Women, a Career Women and a Stay at Home Mom. 

And, it is not all history! Women, your call to action is that yes, in 1963 an Equal Pay Act (EPA) was passed, that is it, an Act – and a footnote in history! The Act has no teeth to support your equality in gender pay differentials, in other words, what is in your paycheck.

Slideshow: The Gender-Equality Movement Through the Years

Wonder Woman is the most popular female superhero of all time. Created in 1941, “beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules and swifter than Mercury,” she was an Amazon who came to America to fight for peace, justice and women’s rights, sacrificing immortality for the love of her rescued pilot Steve Trevor. …but she had villains to conquer in America and fascists to combat abroad”. Quote taken from article, The Secret History of Wonder Woman by written by Jill Lepore (2014) and reviewed by Carol Tavris., WSJ on 10-24-14. Book Review_The Secret History of Wonder Woman _10-24-14_WSJ

Due to the mentality on who has the most sway, the most money – lobbyist, ‘He who holds the Gold makes the rules, i.e., wins’. This does not mean that the outcome of the decisions and legislation is good for the common person and their families. What it means many times is it supports a few…who have the power to make it work for them, i.e., he who has the most toys…wins. Where does that leave the rest of us?

Each of our lives is affected greatly by the decisions made by a few. And yes some of us would rather never admit we are wrong…just think of the legislation being teed up in Oregon as an example for the Equality in Rights in Pay discussion – with the strategy that one more time since, 1923, 1977 and now in 2014 that it may become law. Who is this brave woman bringing this important topic back to the forefront of our minds?

The leading woman, Leanne Littrell DiLorenzo is spearheading Measure 89, which would create an Equal Rights Amendment to Oregon’s constitution. See attached article entitled, Sex-Equality Backers Seek Impetus in Oregon Measure_10-20-14_WSJ

 Lest we forget, the ever faithful contender and woman defeater of the ERA, Phyllis Schlafly. The old arguments from 1977 just don’t hold a candle to the progress women have made today in 2014. Women are in the military and yes in combat. Women are in science, technology, and their contribution to flights to space as Astronauts and those medical science researchers providing needed medicine to cure societal ills including nurses and doctors saving lives daily. Women in Engineering, women leaders in business and the C-Suite. Women in education such as teachers, professors, and trainers. Women in Communications, Sales, Journalism, and Reporting, the lists just go on and on.

Phyllis Schlafly, the lawyer and activist who worked to defeat the federal ERA in the 1970s, called the new effort “just a rallying cry and a fundraiser” for women’s-rights groups. “They don’t have any realistic chance of succeeding,” she said. “But I guess if they keep bringing up the ERA, we’ll keep swatting it down,” she said. See attached article entitled, Sex-Equality Backers Seek Impetus in Oregon Measure, Oct. 29, 2014

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 Do your Civic Duty – Vote!

Lean on and Lean in to your Legislators to use the Keep it simple sweetheart (KISS) method – and not throw the kitchen sink approach of every other law and amendment into the law to get it to pass, the equality of gender rights in pay, known as the ERA, is an amendment to the Constitution.

The benefits will empower you to ask for the needed raise in your workplace. Be the women to ask for the raise in your organization and begin breaking some glass! See the attached article, Gender Wage Gap Reflects the ‘Ask’ Gap_WSJ_10-11-14


Gender Gap_Source_Alice Paul Institute_WSJ_10-30-14

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