My AP Government class was having a hell of a good debate today on this subject. The Equal Rights Amendment has been a proposed amendment that would supposedley guarentee eqaul gender rights in the United States.
Proponents of the amendment say that it's about time for women to be gaurenteed equal rights in every aspect of life.
The list of arguments of the opponents of the law is long. The list includes: -The fact that the 14th amendment (which was desinged to protect the rights of minorities) can be easley boadened to protect the right of the different sexes. -That there would be negatives for women in the creation of this amendment (women would have to sign up for the draft, we would have to have unisex bathrooms). -The amendment is worded too strongley.
This amendment actually was passed by Congress, and fell only three states short of being ratified in the early eighties.
Here's a Wikipedia article on the subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Rights_Amendment
What is your take on the ERA?
Waste of legislation that wouldn't change a thing. Women are already supposed to be getting paid the same amount as their male counterparts in a government job, but it still isn't happening. Another law wouldn't make a difference.
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
It would be interesting to be able to call on another massive group of people for draft, if we ever need to, and ensuring legal equality is good.
Sexism is a problem from both sides, both chicks and dudes. That women aren't required to meet for drafting is just one example of what it sometimes called "reverse sexism".
That there would be negatives for women in the creation of this amendment (women would have to sign up for the draft (...)
(...) we would have to have unisex bathrooms
Whoa, what? How on Earth does the ERA mean that? Could you elaborate?
I don't believe in equal rights for women. Maybe in pay..but that is about it. We are not men. The ERA was something way back in the 70's with the NOW ..National Organization for Women group. More women think like me today than our grandmothers back in the 1970's. That is why NOW and womens liberation is dead. That is olden day stuff. I wear a bra everyday. ;)
I didn't make it!
You're a credit to your gender Jill.
I firmly believe in equal rights, and responsibilities.
I would support this amendment both politically and financially.
I've heard that if you compare childless, university degree women to their male counterparts there isn't much of a difference in pay. The reasons why women overall do not make the same amount of money as men, is because they typically choose different lines of work than men do, that's why there are so many women nurses, and teachers compared to men. I don't hear anyone saying we should have more male nurses. Fact is is that it has more to do with sociological reasons rather than actual discrimination. Making up more laws and rules would be a mistake IMO.
Safe-Keeper;3252322Whoa, what? How on Earth does the ERA mean that? Could you elaborate?
The fear is that the ERA, because it is worded reativly strongly, would be taken literaly word for word at somepoint, by enough senators.
I believe in equality in pay and most anything else I can think of that apply. I am not against women being in combat units providing they prove they can handle themselves.
I also dont believe tehre is a need for unisex bathrooms. IMHO that would be taking the point of the law to absurdity.
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
Yes, but separete but equal is countered by Brown v Topeka BOE, and separate but inequal, well, that don't work so good.
So, either the amendment is written VERY carefully, or we end up with unisex bathrooms.