Women’s rights … it has taken us centuries to have the right to own property, to marry who we choose, to divorce him if it doesn’t work out, to VOTE, to earn equal pay for equal work, to have the right to make our own decisions in matters pertaining to our bodies. What may have taken centuries to build, has taken very little time to destroy. Two cases caught my eye in the news yesterday.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has ruled that Texas may prohibit a common second-trimester abortion procedure. Isn’t it funny that people claim they have control over their body when it comes to getting vaccinated or wearing masks, but when it comes to we women having control over our body for something as life-changing as pregnancy, the Courts will decide what we can or cannot do? I think, in order to avoid being seen as sexist, or a double standard, the Courts should immediately order every person over the age of 12 to be vaccinated!
Out in California, one of the most progressive states in the union, Larry Elder is one of the candidates hoping to unseat Governor Gavin Newsom next month. Elder is, apparently, a misogynist, or as we used to call them, a male chauvinist pig. It is illegal to ask a female employee when or if she plans to become pregnant. Mr. Elder, however, sees no reason for that law. He says …
“Are there legitimate business reasons for a venture capitalist to ask a female entrepreneur whether & when she intends to have children? Hell, yes. I’m not quite sure why it’s the govt’s business to intrude on it.”
What a guy, eh? Now, seems to me that if he supports asking women that question, it would also be only fair to ask male employees and applicants when and if they plan to sire a child, and how many?
Why do we have to keep fighting the same old battles? The U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1787, yet it would be 133 years later, in 1920, before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, ensuring women the right to vote. And it would be 1984 before the State of Mississippi finally ratified the 19th Amendment, granting women in that state the right to vote.
In 1973, the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade makes abortion legal. And ever since, religious groups have been trying to get it overturned. This isn’t about, as they will try to tell you, “right to life”, for the proponents in favour of overturning Roe don’t care about life. They largely support the death penalty, they hunt to kill, most own guns … no, it isn’t about the right to life, it is about controlling women, it is about taking back women’s rights.
In 1923 the first version of the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced. It says, “Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction.” Today, nearly 100 years later, the Equal Rights Amendment still has not been passed by Congress!!! Can anybody explain this one to me?
Phyllis Schlafly … you remember that witch, right … campaigned against the ERA saying that the measure would lead to gender-neutral bathrooms, same-sex marriage, and women in military combat, among other things. 😱 Oh horrors! Every single one of those things came to pass anyway and our nation is a better place because of it! Take that, Ms. Schlafly!!!
By 1977, only 35 states had ratified the ERA. Though Congress voted to extend the ratification deadline by an additional three years, no new states signed on. Complicating matters further, lawmakers in five states — Nebraska, Tennessee, Idaho, Kentucky, and South Dakota — voted to rescind their earlier support.
Tell me again that this isn’t very much a man’s world! We women, in their minds, serve at their pleasure. Period.