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My Birthday Wish. Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Champion of Women's Rights Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a dream: a dream of Equality for all people including women. She has made it her life's work due to being discriminated against as a young Law School Graduate SOLELY BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN.

Recognizing that FAIRNESS is a primary tenant of Equality, early in her career she won a case for Social Security Widower’s Benefits for a young man whose wife died in child birth. He had been denied his wife’s death benefit enabling him to be a stay at home father to raise their new born baby. Ginsberg successfully represented him before the Supreme Court prior to her becoming a Supreme Court Justice herself.

Ginsberg exemplifies the word FAIR.

People are individuals, yet we Americans seem to be incapable of being fair. We form impressions based on appearances like gender, race, hair color, etc that are anything but fair.

This year, I will be sitting out the Women’s March. It began as a spontaneous peaceful protest over a womanizing-bully gaining access to the White House following the 2016 Election.

For me, it was less of a question of who is the Democratic Candidate or who is the Republican Candidate, but a question of what was the right thing to do?

Politics have become so polarizing that people of color refused to vote for a white woman & that’s the sad fact of the matter. Republicans are incapable of having a civilized conversation with a Democrat & so on.

From the beginning, I have noticed an upsetting trend with a new phrase being coined: “Intersectional Feminism.” The basic premise of this concept is empowering WOMEN OF COLOR.

Is this concept necessarily discriminatory against White Women?

During the local elections here in Houston, that trend was magnified by the rise of such movements the Bay Area Democratic Women who went by the acronym of B.A.A.D. Women. WHAT??? Someone started a Hashtag #TrustBLACKWomen. Can you imagine the uproar if someone had started the Hashtag #TrustWHITEWomen???

Does it matter what COLOR a Woman is??? No. A woman is a woman is a woman.

PEOPLE are Individuals.

Virginia is poised to become the 38th State to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment into their State Constitution this year.

Let’s honor Ruth’s dream of Equality for ALL in her lifetime by writing WOMEN into the US Constitution while she’s still here.


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