Get Involved in Women's Rights

There are many ways each of us can advance women’s human rights. Kate will update this page periodically to highlight different opportunities.

EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

Support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. It reads: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The ERA was passed out of Congress in 1972 and has been ratified by 35 of the necessary 38 states. However, the time for ratification has expired. HJ Res. 47 Resolution would provide additional time.

The ERA needs to become part of the Constitution. Despite the political gains that have been made since 1972, laws can be changed and judges can make adverse interpretations. For example, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has stated he believes women are not covered by the Fourteenth Amendment which provides for equal protection under the law for all U.S. citizens.

What you can do:

  • Go to Facebook pages ERA Now, ERA Once and For All, and Equal Rights Amendment to get the latest information.
  • Contact your local NOW chapter and volunteer your time. Go to http://www.now.org/chapters/ to find your chapter.
  • Contact your local Congressional representative and ask him/her to co-sponsor “HJ Res 47: Removing the Deadline for Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.” Find contact information at http://www.contactingthecongress.org/.
  • Tell your friends and ask them to help.

BE A MENTOR TO A YOUNG WOMAN

Big Sisters is one of my favorite organizations, and I was one of the founders of Big Sisters of Los Angeles,. With just a few hours a month you can make an enormous difference to a girl facing adversity. For more information and a location near you, go to http://www.bbbs.org/.

HELP BATTERED WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN

Battered women – especially those with children - are often trapped by an abusive controlling man who may restrict their access to money. Where can they find safety, food and lodging? The resources of local shelters are strained during this economic downtown. You can help by donating money or used clothing or cooking meals for the residents. Children living at the shelter may need care. Go to http://www.womenslaw.org to find the location of a shelter near you. Call to volunteer your help.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

~Margaret Mead