Our daughters and the Equal Rights Amendment.
Charlotte Central High School, 1953
I was a Senior. My counselor advised me to start making my plans for what I would do after Graduation.
"You have done things.
You have good grades.
You have options.
You could go to college to be a teacher or a librarian.
You could go to secretarial school
You could be a nurse."
This was 1953.
I was a girl.
I understood that underneath what she said she was telling me to find something to keep me busy until I got married.
And that is how I started out on my journey to find my fortune.
We can laugh about that narrow list of choices today as we watch our daughters and grand-daughters choose from a much wider field for the career they will follow.
Things have changed for women in many ways - - except they are still not protected by an Equal Rights Amendment in the US Constitution. They may not be paid equal pay for equal work. They may not be treated fairly.
A young woman told me recently that she thought the ERA was already passed.
What are we telling our daughters?
30 years ago - June 30, 1982 - the last active campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment ended.
The ERA has been re-introduced in Congress every year - with little to no fanfare - - - and no action.
What are we thinking?
Yes, in the past 30 years there have been changes.
By passing individual laws.
have we taught our daughters that those changes can be un-done - -
Think about it!
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