If not now, when? #ERAnow

Representatives Jackie Speier and Carolyn Maloney in front of the Supreme Court this morning – “still fighting to get women into the Constitution 91 years after the ERA was introduced.”

Now, more than ever, we need a constitutional amendment to protect women from gender discrimination and decisions like Hobby Lobby.

Watch:

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Hint: All But Three Republicans Voted For Hobby Lobby

Here’s a breakdown of how your senator voted on the “Not My Boss’ Business” Act yesterday:

 

Voted FOR Women

Thank your senators >>

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-CO)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Sen. Cory A. Booker (D-NJ)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD)
Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-DE)
Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-DE)
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)
Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen. Kay R. Hagan (D-NC)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI)
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Sen. Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME)
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA)
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-WV)
Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Sen. Mark L. Pryor (D-AR)
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV)
Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)
Sen. John E. Walsh (D-MT)
Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

 

Voted AGAINST Women

Voice your opposition >>

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Sen. Daniel Coats (R-IN)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Sen. Michael B. Enzi (R-WY)
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND)
Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-OK)
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
Sen. James E. Risch (R-ID)
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)
Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
Sen. Roger F. Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

(h/t NARAL Pro-Choice America)

 

Facts are Bad News for Republicans in November…

and they’re why they won’t win the White House in 2016

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY-bQ6UzhNI

Look around you, one in three women have had an abortion.  And, they vote.

How will the Republicans Justify Your Vote this year?

 

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AMERICA HAS HAD ENOUGH OF A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE CONTROLLING THE MAJORITY OF OUR POLICIES.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ENSURE THAT OUR POLITICIANS ARE UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF GOVERNING AND REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE, NOT THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS.  YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES WE NEED TO REACH VOTERS AND MOBILIZE SUPPORT FOR OUR MOVEMENT.
JUSTIFY MY VOTE WAS STARTED BY TWO VOLUNTEERS IN APRIL 2014. TIRED OF BIG MONEY AND CORPORATE INTERESTS CONTROLLING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, JMV HAS QUICKLY BECOME A NATIONWIDE GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT ENCOURAGING VOTERS TO HOLD THEIR POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE. JUSTIFY MY VOTE HOPES TO BE THE VEHICLE THROUGH WHICH AMERICANS, OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE, WILL HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN WASHINGTON. EVERY DAY, THOUSANDS MORE PEOPLE ARE JOINING THIS MOVEMENT, TELLING US WHO WE SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON, AND SHOWING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT WE ARE WATCHING THEM….CLOSELY.
JUSTIFY MY VOTE IS AN INDEPENDENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION. JUSTIFY MY VOTE’S SPENDING IS INDEPENDENT, AND WE DO NOT MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS TO, OR COORDINATE OUR SPENDING WITH, ANY CANDIDATES OR POLITICAL PARTIES.

 

Who Would Vote Against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act?

The people you elected to represent you in Congress.  You can do something about that in November, but right now you can call 202.224.3121 and say:  Justify My Vote!

Tell us in the comments section who you called and what they said.

Photo Credit: Think Progress

 

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AMERICA HAS HAD ENOUGH OF A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE CONTROLLING THE MAJORITY OF OUR POLICIES.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ENSURE THAT OUR POLITICIANS ARE UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF GOVERNING AND REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE, NOT THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS.  YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES WE NEED TO REACH VOTERS AND MOBILIZE SUPPORT FOR OUR MOVEMENT.
JUSTIFY MY VOTE WAS STARTED BY TWO VOLUNTEERS IN APRIL 2014. TIRED OF BIG MONEY AND CORPORATE INTERESTS CONTROLLING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, JMV HAS QUICKLY BECOME A NATIONWIDE GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT ENCOURAGING VOTERS TO HOLD THEIR POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE. JUSTIFY MY VOTE HOPES TO BE THE VEHICLE THROUGH WHICH AMERICANS, OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE, WILL HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN WASHINGTON. EVERY DAY, THOUSANDS MORE PEOPLE ARE JOINING THIS MOVEMENT, TELLING US WHO WE SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON, AND SHOWING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT WE ARE WATCHING THEM….CLOSELY.
JUSTIFY MY VOTE IS AN INDEPENDENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION. JUSTIFY MY VOTE’S SPENDING IS INDEPENDENT, AND WE DO NOT MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS TO, OR COORDINATE OUR SPENDING WITH, ANY CANDIDATES OR POLITICAL PARTIES.

 

 

#EverydaySexism: “She’s Crazy” “She has brain damage”

Ever notice when a man wants to discredit a woman, he often refers to her as “crazy”, “hysterical”, must have brain damage”?  Unbelievably, in the year 2014, in the United States of America, we have yet one more desperate attempt by Karl Rove, trying to diminish Hillary Clinton, of all people, by insinuating that she might have brain damage.

Interesting that he can’t think of a single policy position of Clinton’s that he would like to challenge.  He also seemingly has a different standard for men than for women.  We all remember when Bush “fell on a pretzel” and cut his face.  Does anyone remember Mr. Rove’s deep concern for the president’s fragile mental state?

It’s no wonder Republicans have a problem with women voters.  They just don’t believe that they have the mental capacity to be taken seriously.

 

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AMERICA HAS HAD ENOUGH OF A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE CONTROLLING THE MAJORITY OF OUR POLICIES.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO ENSURE THAT OUR POLITICIANS ARE UP TO THE CHALLENGE OF GOVERNING AND REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE, NOT THE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS.  YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT WE HAVE THE RESOURCES WE NEED TO REACH VOTERS AND MOBILIZE SUPPORT FOR OUR MOVEMENT.
JUSTIFY MY VOTE WAS STARTED BY TWO VOLUNTEERS IN APRIL 2014. TIRED OF BIG MONEY AND CORPORATE INTERESTS CONTROLLING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, JMV HAS QUICKLY BECOME A NATIONWIDE GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT ENCOURAGING VOTERS TO HOLD THEIR POLITICIANS ACCOUNTABLE. JUSTIFY MY VOTE HOPES TO BE THE VEHICLE THROUGH WHICH AMERICANS, OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE, WILL HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN WASHINGTON. EVERY DAY, THOUSANDS MORE PEOPLE ARE JOINING THIS MOVEMENT, TELLING US WHO WE SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON, AND SHOWING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT WE ARE WATCHING THEM….CLOSELY.
JUSTIFY MY VOTE IS AN INDEPENDENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION. JUSTIFY MY VOTE’S SPENDING IS INDEPENDENT, AND WE DO NOT MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS TO, OR COORDINATE OUR SPENDING WITH, ANY CANDIDATES OR POLITICAL PARTIES.

Why We Need the ERA

 Photo Credit: BusinessInsider.com

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

 

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

Seems like a pretty simple concept.  I think, in 2014, it would be pretty difficult to find anyone in the U.S. who would disagree with the above statement (Wack-a-doodle extremist religious groups notwithstanding).

Still, it’s baffling to see Republican lawmakers balk at the idea of equality for women.  Take for example, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ defense of the entire Republican caucus of the U.S. Senate, who voted to block of the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Why?  Because they were worried about the possibility of  “frivolous” lawsuits against employers.  Last time I checked, holding someone accountable for taking away the right to earn equal pay for equal work isn’t frivolous — unless you’re trying to say that women-initiated lawsuits are frivolous.  And if that’s the case, it’s not a far stretch to say the women’s rights are frivolous and the policies that affect women are frivolous.  The subtext is quite obvious.

Who does she imagine that she is helping?  Certainly not her constituents.  Not only are half of them women, but they are also mothers who are trying to give their families a lifestyle that has been slowly derailed by the power of corporate aristocracy.  It’s true, she has more than a few corporate sponsors, but who elected her and why?  I’m willing to bet that if you asked anyone in her district, they’d be more inclined to vote to have their interests protected rather than to protect those of  large corporations.  Don’t forget Weyerhaeuser, has contributed more money to her campaign that most of her constituents make in a year. They own that vote in Congress.

Quid pro quo is not exactly what we think about when we think about equality, or equal pay for equal work, but apparently, McMorris Rodgers does.  Equal pay shouldn’t be beholden to the whims of CEOs (in whose best interest it is to deny women higher salaries) — or to their puppets in Congress.  Equality among humans shouldn’t be up for debate.

A simple, yet binding solution would be to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.  Equality of rights, in the year 2014 shouldn’t be that complicated.

Take back your vote in Congress and take back your rights to equality.