Letter: Men still decide women’s rights

This is the 21st Century and Men in Government are still deciding about Women’s Rights.

No longer burn witches at the stake, after how many centuries of being in this New World, Congress passed June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote.

The average woman’s unadjusted annual salary, cited as 78% to 82% of that of the average man’s. When I was in college in the 80s it was 60%.

In addition, to giving women more effective legal remedies, the ERA would send a clear and strong message to all Americans that women’s equality is a fundamental human right. It is enshrined in most constitutions around the world, and our government has insisted that an equal rights provision be included in the constitutions of other countries, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet this same provision is missing from our own. According to ERA polls, 94% of Americans support constitutional equality for women, 90% of men polled and 99% of 18- to 24-year-olds.

Carole L. Daley


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