Updated: Apr 14
The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.
Ida B. Wells
Do you ever get the sense that you read in history about too many centennials regarding women's history? It is the year 2021. One hundred years ago, women were on the move in search of equality. Historically, women have taken a back seat approach to equality in terms of legislation.
If you are familiar with the struggle for women at all, you will notice as I, we have been add-ons in politics. And as the movements that were named as precedence were necessary, here we are with too many one hundred milestones and what feels like no respect.
Last year as a nurse, I celebrated Florence Nightingale's 100th birthday during a pandemic that she may have envisioned. It felt surreal as nurses struggled to work in an environment that I often considered as a medical-surgical nurse, infection control.
And after twenty-five years, I found myself mid pandemic at the age of high risk, without PPE and eventually medical benefits. The irony of it all, nursing was created to offer women the opportunity to work as professionals. Personally, it started as my ministry.
Now, here we are, one hundred years post-proposal of the equal rights amendment (ERA). Nurses underpaid, overworked, and unprotected, with an ongoing debate of a draft, created one hundred years ago submitted in 1923 for review. Depending on your age, you may be unaware of the blows to women fighting for a right that should be nothing more than an ethical decision.
It's complicated. The bill was reintroduced in 1971. On March 22, 1972, the ERA was submitted to the states for ratification. All we needed was three states to ratify the amendment. Believe it or not, there are states in litigations as I write regarding if women should be safe. Even I, myself, learned about the ERA proposal in 2020, the year that revealed so much.
History reports the proposal as bipartisan with the approval of both houses, two republican presidents, and Jimmy Carter's support. Women with different viewpoints provided arguments that presented concerns for housewives, women related to the draft, and child custody. Then there were concerns for labor laws as well. All points are well taken. The submission is once again placed on hold.
2010 introduced the Me Too movement. Once again, there appeared to be hope for legislation that would offer women safe gateways. Still, here we are, with time moving with women at the mercy of people, even now, another one hundred years post ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.
I have nothing but proof of why we cannot rely on the status quo. It was in divorce that I hit back on the war against women. I introduced healthcare reform in divorce March 9, 2012, some forty years post submission. I offered politicians a reason to act on the ERA. Every sworn-in personnel of the United States of America turned a blind eye. Those who chose not to see included women.
I've heard too many times that the way it is. Listen to me say, I was not raised to think as such. Welcome to the lipstick movement blog, where the goal is to change centennials' history. #19thammendmentrevision
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