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Title NOW News Bay Area Chapter, Vol. 8, No. 6, June 1980
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Date June 1980
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Transcript BALLAD OF THE ERA words and music by Kristin Lems and sung by her at ERA ralley in rotunda at Illinois state capitol in Springfield, May 1 (record available) It was 50 years ago An amendment was proposed To make the law state men and women equal But little did we know just how long the fight would go And even now we're working on its sequel CHORUS So no more debate Because we won't wait We demand equality today So fight we must To make the law just ERA ERA ERA ERA ERA ERA !! "Well I'm only Adam's rib Keep me safe within my crib" It's shifty cries while working women labor "Any girl, who needs to work Should find a man or she's a jerk If she don't know her place, who cares what they pay her?" (WE DO!) CHORUS So no more debate...... Said the man who's been laid off "I cannot support this stuff The boss tells me you make more competition * She said "Find work if you can, but not just 'cause you're a man, Let's work side by side in factory and kitchen" CHORUS So no more debate, Said the sargent with a sneer "Well, then, tell me something, dear Are you willing to be drafted with the others?" She answered "Yes, and more, I will not support your war WAITING FOR LE VOTE IN SPRINGFIELD Out of about 100 Texans who came to march in Chicago, four of us were able to stay on and go to Springfield on Tuesday. United Steel Workers sent 6 busloads of ERA supporters who sang their own songs for ERA and labor. Speeches and chants , songs and banners filled the rotunda at noon. Ihen we went off to visit the legislators to whom we were assigned. We four, Jan Stevens, Bonnie Huval, Evie Whitsett and Jeanne Saletan called on Governor Thompson who was not seeable so we promptly took ourselves to his Women's Advocate, Sharon Sharp,who says she broke her leg by falling down a flight of stairs in the excitement of lobbying for ERA in Peoria, the state convention of Republican party at which a resolution was passed to WITHDRAW a pro-ERA plank from the National Republican Party! Illinois Rebublicans are really reactionary. As out-of-staters, we let it be known that the governor who has national ambitions, could build his reputation countrywide by delivering support for ERA in his own state, (seeing is believing in the things you see1*according to Margie Adam's song.) We visited other legislators that afternoon and left notes because they were on the floor of the Hduse. It was disturbing to learn (we could hear the House debate over loudspeaker system} that the issue that afternoon was abortion. Don't tell me that was unplanned by the anti-ERA people who have tried to link ERA to abortion! You can always whip up some degree of confusion and hysteria by mixing the two issues. Just as we were ready to depart for Chicago, Alice Cohan persuaded Jan and Jeanne to stay over one more day for the vote which was expected on Wednesday. We ducked the invitation to share an all night vigil by convincing Alice that we were real poop-outs who changed into pumpkins at midnight and we got some sleep at a hotelf arriving back at the rotunda early next day to see the pro-ERA and antis arriving for the final moment. I got a glimpse of Ellie Smeal being quietly escorted upstairs where she spent the whole day and more visiting legislators. Likewise all the top NOW people. Ellie even visited Governor I will resist and fight beside my brothers." CHORUS So no more debate Thompson at his home when he pled absence because of a back injury. Some NOW people were assigned to tag certain legislators But now the day is close at hand Right across this lovely land Those who try to keep us down will be defeated So help us see the day, shout the word, so they would not conveniently disappear when the vote was called. I circulated among the antis and found myself shoulder to shoulder with Phyllis Plastic Schlafly when she was interviewed on TV and spreading her undocumented charges about job threats It's ERA....'till the era of equality is greeted! GHOR&Sj against Chicago legislators,