The Remarkable Parallels between Rep John Lewis & Women's Rights Legend Alice Paul.
ENCORE PRESENTATION. Women's History Month Day 27. This was written in July of 2020 in preparation for the Women's Suffrage Centennial celebrating 100 years of voting rights for women, when we all heard the news that Congressman John Lewis had died.
Many in our Congressional Leadership today worked alongside Lewis & knew him for many years.
Like he was fond of saying "If you see something, say something," & I gotta believe that would apply to any kind of injustice, including the Hate Speech against women that has been Normalized by Pop Culture.
During the 2016 Presidential Campaigns when Democratic Nominee Secretary Clinton was bullied within an of her life by the person who became the 45th President of this country, out-going First Lady Michelle Obama would say:
"When they go LOW, we go High."
What was she saying?
That Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right.
This Parade, while noble in its' purpose was controversial as it was exclusionary, not inclusive - which is just a sad fact of the matter as many of today's ERA Activists would be quick to point out.
Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment is NOT for the personal glorification of Alice Paul.
It is to IMPROVE THE LIVES OF ALL WOMEN in today's world.
People are Individuals.
We learn to treat PEOPLE as Individuals.
In today's world, WOMEN still NEED Ratification of the #EqualRightsAmendment, the reauthorization of the #ViolenceAgainstWomenAct of 1994 PLUS a #HateSpeechBill to protect WOMEN from #HateSpeech at the #Grammys AND the #Oscars
Another sorely-needed piece of Legislation is a Bill similar to the Fairness Doctrine that was allowed to expire in August of 2011.
So we pause.
We pay our respects.
Then we carry on. Because there's still work to do.
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As the Nation remembers the Life time of Service the Gentle Giant of the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. John Lewis,