for equal rights and equal pay on tax day
April 14, 2014
For more information
- Cell (775) 771-8735
For Event on April 15, 2014 Helene de Boissiere-Swanson,
Cell (415) 233-2049
Washoe Valley resident,
UNR political science major and 2013 Outstanding Nevada Legislative
Intern Janette Dean is working toward passage of the ERA and
plans to reach out to a Nevada State Senator to introduce
ratification legislation in the 78th Session. She was also
able to speak with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,
D-Searchlight, on Monday morning at a "Meet the Candidate
and Elected Officials" forum in which he emphasized the
importance of many issues such as comprehensive immigration
reform, expanded renewable energy usage, an increase in the
minimum wage, and equal pay for women who earn just 77 cents
to the dollar compared with men.
In reply to her
question about supporting the ERA, Reid told Dean and the
audience that he would have no problem supporting federal
legislation providing passage of the ERA or with Nevada ratification
as one of the final three states needed.
he told Dean, "It's been long enough, hasn't it?"
Dean says also wants passage of the ERA because "it will
finally allow the United States to also ratify the U.N. Convention
on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against
Women (CEDAW) treaty which we signed in July 1980 but did
not ratify because there is no strong legal mechanism to put
its provisions into practice which is required upon ratification;
the ERA as the 28th Amendment would provide that. Only
seven out of 194 countries have not ratified the CEDAW treaty,
including the United States, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia,
Iran, and two small Pacific Island nations (Palau and Tonga)."
Dean also stated
that her current International Human Rights class inspired
her involvement to help get Nevada to ratify the ERA. "In
class, I learned that despite the fact that women should be
protected under existing human rights laws, widespread discrimination
in terms of pay, leadership positions, unprosecuted violence,
legal bias, and other forms of discrimination continues including
deprivation of education and healthcare in several developing
areas. This is why laws that specifically outlaw discrimination
by sex are indeed necessary such as the long overdue ERA."
Text of the
Equal Rights Amendment:
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be
denied or abridged by the United States or by any state
on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce,
by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after
the date of ratification.
DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY Read
how Sen. Joe Neal, D-North Las Vegas, engineered the
most artful piece of parliamentary maneuvering in the history
of the Nevada Legislature to pass the ERA in the good old
boys' State Senate of 1977 only to see the bill
killed in the previously-committed and lewdly liberal State
Assembly by a dirty political deal between two juice lobbyists
and eight turncoat Democrats.
Marching for equal rights and equal pay on tax day