Women marched in Los Angeles, California at Hollywood & Vine on August 26, 2012 to commemorate Women’s Equality Day, the day women got the vote in 1920, and to protest the recent upsurge of anti-woman legislation both in Washington and in the State legislatures. Women are outraged that we still have no standing in the Constitution, no international Bill of Rights, remain the least represented group in government, and are still fighting the battle to retain our right to make our own personal medical decisions! We are occupying patriarchy and taking a stand against the rampant misogyny in this country and demand passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), 50/50 gender representation, and an end to the War on Women!
On August 18, 2012 there was a rally on the Capitol steps in Washington, D. C. attended by women’s rights activists from all over the U. S. Sandy Oestreich, founder of the Equal Rights Amendment Alliance, among other women, spoke. For more information on this important rally, go to: http://www.ratifyeraflorida.net/
Wonderful indictment of the commodification of women and how women buy into being reduced to sex objects. Covering oneself up from head to toe in order to shroud one’s sexuality or not “inflame the desire of men” is also an oppression, however, which reduces women to nothing but bodies objectified by men as well. The answer, I believe, is in finding the middle ground—one’s own comfortable, unique style, not prettifying or plainifying for approval—and dressing for oneself rather than others.
MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT for Immediate Release August 12, 2012
CONTACT: Sandy Oestreich, President, National Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Alliance—727/ 804-3052
Women Rally at the U.S. Capitol to Protest surge of “NEO-MEDIEVAL PERSECUTION”, the current all-too-real legislative War on Women
WHEN: SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: U.S. CAPITOL WEST LAWN, Washington, DC
WHAT: LARGE RALLY to PROTEST current partisan legislative WAR ON WOMEN and FAMILIES (e.g., 916 anti-woman, anti-family bills over just 3-month period, ongoing)
The Capitol (Washington, DC)—The Woman’s Revolution against the partisan very real War on Women–916 anti-woman, anti-family bills IN JUST 3 MONTHS– kicks off August 18, 2012 at the U.S. Capitol West Lawn, starting Saturday at 10 a.m. No laughing matter to these women.
Four sassy, savvy young women are in full rebellion against the War on Women. A bare few months ago, they came together, hopping-mad, as a grassroots organization at www.WeAreWoman.us to foment a Woman’s Revolution against the stingingly partisan legislative War on Women.
Their Rally-Protest at the Capitol will bring busloads of women and men from across the nation. Expect banners, music, balloons, bull horns, cowbells and decorated umbrellas.
Legendary speakers will represent National Women’s Political Caucus, Planned Parenthood, Huffington Post, National Organization for Women, National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance, Feminist Majority, and others protesting partisan legislators’ actions. Betty Jean Kling (PA) asserts that the ongoing War on Women that “is now gone over the top, absolutely IMMORAL to voters.” “Engage to be The Change you want to see” is her motto.
Founder- president of the National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance (FL) which works to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) into the U.S. Constitution says they will attend with banners flying. President Sandy Oestreich (FL) says, “This War is sex discrimination to the max. ERA makes sex discrimination (male and female alike) a violation of the U.S. Constitution. If we had ERA they would not dare strike at women like this.” Dr. Dorie Rothman (NJ) affirms, “NOTHING else has the power to change this shameful American hobby of treating women/girls as ‘less than’ men and boys.”
According to the National ERA Alliance web site, www.2PassERA, ERA is still “viable and contemporaneous”, and since no state has ever rescinded its vote, ratification by just three more state legislatures passes ERA into the U.S. Constitution. Oestreich declares ERA will finally codify gender-equal treatment “across the board” and put American “females’ birthrights in the nation’s contract with its People. Without Constitutional backing, women and girls can continue to be subjected to sieges against our personhood from every quarter. There’s no getting used to that.”
The site details ERA’s benefits to the economy: can boost tax revenues, cut Medicare/Medicaid and court costs, raise the Gross Domestic Product as in other countries, and ERA uniquely requires no funding. “What’s not to LIKE?”
ERA undergirds all women’s issues, says Wendy Cartright, one of the four WeAreWoman.us founders, “This Rally says we are not going away until women are in the nation’s contract with its people, protected from continued exploitation, harassment, rape and violence. Period.” Tennessee’s Bud Fields of BlogTalkRadio says “We’ve got to become Americans again. Keeping half the nation’s talents hog-tied is against America’s best interests. Shouldn’t we be electing ADULTS?”
Saudi Arabia remains a bastion of male supremacy and, as pointed out in this article, only complied with sending a couple of tokens to the Olympics because they were forced to in order to participate. It is a disgusting example of a culture steeped in a repressive patriarchal religion and the absence of freedom that results when the church rules the state–a cautionary tale for this country which is well on its way to becoming a theocracy. Saudi Arabia needs to become secularized in order to join the 21st century and make some real changes like voting rights, driving rights, and educational rights for women if they want to show the world they are serious about progress.