2019: Why Women Still Fight & March for Equal Rights

This article is not a debate.  It is written in an effort to explain to the portion of the population who are sincere in their attempt to understand exactly what freedom-seeking females are asking for.  Why the rallies, why the pink hats, why is Ruth Bader Ginsburg a hero, why all the signs for equality?

These are the types of questions and statements that are being asked repeatedly over social media by men and even still, some women:

  • “What are women fighting for?”
  • “Why are women marching?”
  • “Women are already equal!”
  • “What more do women want?”
  • “Women have rights! What’s the Problem?”

If these are your questions, then here is the answer: females are fighting and marching because the constitution does not recognize females as being equal to men. And because of this, females are never truly free from the whims of the powers that be.

Why Inclusion in the Constitution Matters

While there is plenty of legislation to appease certain causes, this well-intentioned legislation is repeatedly debated, repealed, and loop-holed with every newly elected administration. 

And until females are deemed equal under the constitution, her gains, her rights, and her body parts are up for “grabs” in her home state and across the nation with every elected state legislator, congress member, senator and president. 

Only the constitution guarantees rights; not laws.

Not until females are deemed equal under the constitution, will her gains, her rights, and her control of her body parts be guaranteed in her home state and across the nation.

The “Other Amendments” Argument

If you’ve believed all along that the 14th amendment gives equal rights to women, you are not alone. Many men and women use the 14th amendment as “proof” that women, are in fact equal in the constitution.

The 14 Amendment section pertaining to civil right was in response to black people being treated unfairly after emancipation. In many states, there were laws for whites and laws for blacks and the 14th Amendment made this illegal. It did not intend (and does not) make it illegal for states to make different laws for females vs. males.

“If I could choose an amendment to add to the Constitution, it would be the Equal Rights Amendment.”  “I would like my granddaughters, when they pick up the Constitution, to see that notion – that women and men are persons of equal stature – I’d like them to see that is a basic principle of our society.”         

-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Only the Constitution Secures Rights

As RBG mentions in the above clip, laws do a decent job of trying to make women equal in our nation but states vary and these laws are constantly repealed.

Example of how a Constitutional guarantee provides true rights and security:

Amendment 26 – Right to Vote at Age 18

Amendment 26-The right of citizens of the United States who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

If so, are you even concerned with the possibility of not being able to vote next year because of your age?  No, because the constitution protects your right to vote so you can worry about other things.

Prior to this Amendment individual states decided voting age and could change the minimum voting age to influence political outcomes.

Amendment 2 – The Right to Bear Arms

Amendment 2 – A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Once a right is in the constitution, it becomes nearly impossible to disrupt. Do you know how difficult it is to exclude terrorists and mentally deranged individuals from obtaining firearms?  It’s because the right to bear arms is part of the US constitution.

Females want to be made equal to males in the constitution because it drastically reduces the probability of ever being controlled again. And it’s so hard for some men to give up that control.

What’s the Holdup with an Equal Rights Amendment?

Since 1943, the Equal Rights Amendment has failed to be ratified by 38 states. Over the years, states have signed on while others have rescinded. As it stands today, the United States needs 1 more state to agree that females should be recognized as being equal to males in the constitution. 

State Holdouts – States in 2019 Opposed to Amending the Constitution to Include Equal Rights for Women

These states have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment:

  • Alabama
    • House= 77 Republicans & 28 Democrats
    • Senate=27 Republicans & 8 Democrats
    • House= 31 Republicans & 29 Democrats
    • Senate=17 Republicans & 13 Democrats
  • Florida
    • House= 71 Republicans & 46 Democrats
    • Senate=23 Republicans & 17 Democrats
  • Louisiana
    • House= 59 Republicans & 36 Democrats &3 Independent
    • Senate=25 Republicans & 14 Democrats
  • Mississippi
    • House= 72 Republicans & 46 Democrats
    • Senate=33 Republicans & 19 Democrats
  • Missouri
    • House= 114 Republicans & 47 Democrats
    • Senate=24 Republicans & 10 Democrats
  • North Carolina
    • House= 65 Republicans & 55 Democrats
    • Senate=29 Republicans & 21 Democrats
  • Oklahoma
    • House= 77 Republicans & 24 Democrats
    • Senate=39 Republicans & 9 Democrats
  • Utah
    • House= 59 Republicans & 16 Democrats
    • Senate=23  Republicans & 6 Democrats
  • Virginia
    • House= 51 Republicans & 49 Democrats
    • Senate=21 Republicans & 19 Democrats

How Your Vote Matters

If females being made equal to males is important to you, for instance: maybe you’re not female, but you’d like your daughter to have the same rights as any United States male, and you live in one of these holdout states, you should know that your state lawmakers are not giving up control.

You can change the course and secure female rights by asking candidates if they plan on supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. Then, vote for those who will.

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Hear Me Roar 2020 writes articles to raise awareness on discriminatory practices occurring around the nation that rescind or impede advancements in gender equality. We also highlight 2020 candidates running for State Legislator, Congress and the Presidency, in order to identify their stance on the issues. You can read our debut post HERE: Debut Post

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