Thursday, August 4, 2011

ERA for Protective Moms: Time to Shape Up!

On January 21, 2012 I will be running in the Warrior Dash in support of the Equal Rights Amendment.

I can think of no group that is more in need of an equal rights amendment than that of protective mothers.

The proposed amendment simply reads "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state, on account of sex. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification."

Barry Goldstein stated in his Times  article that 40 states have determined that gender bias exists in their family court systems and are attempting to address the problem. An Equal Rights Amendment would not be a quick fix but would demand that laws be passed to stop this illegal discrimination against women, and by extension against children, in our family court systems.

The Warrior Dash is described as a 3.2 mile race from hell, a physical challenge to say the least, and I am out of shape. 55 years old and out of shape.

But it is time to shape up.

For all of us.

Most of us have allowed ERA to become what many would call an outdated issue. But it is not. It was and remains a vitally important issue. House Joint Resolution 47 was introduced on March 8, 2011 to remove the arbitrary time limit Congress imposed on the ratification of ERA.

America is just three states away from ratifying an amendment that would guarantee Constitutional equality for all of its citizens, not just its male citizens.  Please support this.

By all means, sign the petition , but don't stop there. Talk about it, blog about it. Link to this article on your websites. Write to your politicians. Find things to do that will draw media and public attention to, and hopefully garner support for, the Equal Rights Amendment. That is why I am running in the Warrior Dash, a physical challenge I am painfully discovering that I am in no shape for at this present time. But that can and will change! And so can our awareness of the need for ERA be heightened. And so can our fitness to support ERA be improved. And so can our capabilities to raise awareness of the need for an Equal Rights Amendment be developed and enhanced.

It is time to let those who are in positions to extend the time limit and even ratify the amendment know that we not only support the Equal Rights Amendment, but that we will not continue to support those who continue to deny women constitutional equality.

2 comments:

Deanna Kloostra said...

You go girl! You can do it. Thanks for advocating for all us non custodial mothers out there. Please visit www.abusedswan.com, a web site for non custodial mothers. October 28th is Non Custodial Mother's Day!

Jocelyn Andersen said...

Hi Deanna, Welcome to my blog and thank you for the link and for encouraging words. I was first introduced to the Family Court nightmare at the Battered Mother's Custody Conference in 2008. It had a profound affect on my life. It has become one of my passions to see Family Court eradicated. Short of that, reformed.