Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This is Equality?

National Organization for Women
Ridicule. Ostracism. Abuse. Imprisonment.
It took women 72 years of ceaseless campaigning to finally win the right to vote in 1920.
This Wednesday, August 26, Women's Equality Day, marks that anniversary. But I don't have to tell you that we have a long haul before women are truly equal.
Sign me up for the Feminist Action Network
Celebrate women's right to vote by becoming a Feminist Action Network member. With a small monthly donation of just $10 or $15, you can support our work toward the next landmark in equal rights and opportunities for women.
So, what do we have to work on? Well, to start:

This is Equality?
  • Women only make $.78 to a man's dollar. Could you use the extra 22 cents?
  • The U.S. has no guaranteed medical leave for childbirth; we're trailing 168 countries in the company of only Lesotho, Liberia, Papua New Guinea and Swaziland.
  • The U.S. is near the bottom of the list -- again -- in our public support for quality childcare for children of working parents.
  • Women only make up 16% of our representatives in Congress.
  • And our right to safe, accessible, legal abortion is threatened by hostile state legislators as well as by domestic terrorists who intimidate, harass and even kill health care providers.
If you can't become a monthly partner, please consider a one-time donation to support our work. Every contribution, large or small, puts us a step closer to the resources we need to keep up the fight.
Our network of grassroots activists is holding our allies in Congress accountable for their campaign promises, but we need to keep the pressure on to remedy the losses of the past eight years.
donate today
I can't guarantee it will be easy, but with members and supporters like you, we will be here for that long haul.
For equality,
Terry O'Neill
NOW President

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