Did you know men and women are not considered equal in the United States? 75-90% of American women believe the Equal Rights Amendment already passed and is in the Constitution. It is not.
In April of this year and thanks to Rush Limbaugh, I became an activist for women’s rights. I was the Spokeswoman for Rock The Slut Vote. It appears sluts, feminists and women all over this country were as angry and motivated as I was to vote the politicians obsessed with legislating lady parts out of office. We all breathed a gigantic sigh of relief when the results were in. But we still have a long way to go.
I met Kamala Lopez at the We Are Woman march in Washington D.C. and she interviewed me for a documentary she’s making about ratifying the ERA. I admit, I fell into that 75-90% and did not know that women are not legally equal in the U.S. Now that my eyes are open, I wish to help Kamala spread the word and get the ERA ratified.
Kamala created the ERA Education Project. A cause dedicated to making sure all the accurate information is available and she produces PSAs geared toward youth. She also writes for the Huffington Post and recently, she wrote an open letter to David Axelrod titled Setting American Women’s Date with Equality, in an attempt to bring this matter to the attention of those who can make sure women are considered equal under the law. Axelrod said just after the election “Presidents always say, ‘I have a mandate'; that’s a foolish word and generally untrue.”
Her letter reads in part:
• When you get 67 percent of the single women’s vote
• When an 11-point margin among us females helps you to win the White House again
• When you win scores of state and Congressional elections across the country because of our support
• When we make up more than half of the U.S. population
• And when you now have an unprecedented 20 women in the Senate to back you up– you might want to rephrase that ‘foolish mandate statement’ tout suite.
Please don’t act coy about this — we busted our butts to get you guys back in there. We volunteered, we donated, we spoke out despite the degrading attacks, we canvassed and, most importantly, we turned out to vote. And all this, let me remind you, with a hell of a lot less economic resources than our male counterparts. Well, guess what? I won’t sugarcoat it: we expect some payback. It’s time for this administration, and this country, to do the right thing by us.
We don’t want to hear about how other things take precedence over our basic civil and human rights. Give us full legal equality and give it to us now. Put the ERA up for a vote and end the greatest injustice ever swept under the American carpet.”
Many of the issues in this past election cycle would not have been an issue at all if women had equal rights. The only way this will happen is if enough people hold these politicians accountable and force them to act. Women just got a fresh taste of sweet victory. We know and can plainly see that when we make a decision about what we want, we MAKE it happen. Don’t let the fact that things are just OK now stop you from making sure everyone is equal. Kamala can’t do it all alone.
Kimberley A. Johnson – A.K.A. The Anti Coulter is the author of The Virgin Diaries and an activist for women’s rights. Like her on Facebook, Twitter or friend her on FB HERE. Vist ARKStories to check out all of her books