Friday, May 20, 2011

Mon, 5/23: Rep Carolyn Maloney to Reintroduce the Equal Rights Amendment

Maloney  New York, NY – On Monday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) will be joined by Lilly Ledbetter and women leaders in declaring that the House leadership’s continuing war on women has gone too far and that it’s past time to make clear that the Constitution guarantees equal rights to women.  Accordingly, Maloney will announce her plans to reintroduce the Equal Rights Amendment.   Lilly Ledbetter's historic fight to simply receive equal pay for equal work put a spotlight on the substantial economic damage that sex-based discrimination has caused women in the labor force.   The Supreme Court decision in her case made it clear that activist, conservative judges can overturn decades of precedent and laws protecting women from discrimination.

Earlier this year, Justice Scalia opined that the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection does not apply to sex discrimination.  His comments alone make a powerful, compelling argument that a Constitutional amendment is needed to protect women from discrimination.   A Constitutional amendment would be an unassailable guarantee of equality and a symbol that attitudes toward women have changed.

WHAT:  News conference to announce the re-introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment, also known as the Women’s Equality Amendment.

WHEN:           Monday, May 23rd      10:30am

WHERE:         Pace University Midtown Center, 551 Fifth Avenue, 8th Floor, Room 814, videoconference center

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