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Transcript THE BATTLE FOR EOUALITY Mary Calk, President, Texas State NOW Suffrage Celebration, August 26, 1981 We have gathered here today to commemorate "Woman's Equality Day" - August 26, 1920 - the day women won the right to vote. Yes, won the right to vote - and a hard fought battle it was. It was a long struggle from the first women's right's convention in 1848, until, realizing the necessity of joining together in a unified effort, The National Woman's Suffrage Association was formed in 1869 under the guidance of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Within this Association the troops formed and fought for another 50+ years. How many women must have fallen from the ranks within that time! Undoubtedly there were those who grew weary from the struggle, those who withdrew because of family pressures or out of fear of reprisal because of their participation. There had to be many who were too apathetic to join in the struggle. Yet there were those with enough courage of their convictions of what was just and fair, and enough belief in their cause that finally, on August 26, 1920, 72 years after the first demand for equality, the nineteenth amendment to the United States Constitution, the women's right to vote, was ratified. The rest from the battle for Equality was short lived. Three years later, in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in Congress. And here we are 50+ years later entering the countdown year for the ratification of the E. R. A. Between today and next June 30 the fate of the efforts of the last 58 years will be decided. We are so near to victory and yet so close to defeat. In the next 10 months a virtual hand full of people will decide the fate of the millions. The amendment itself is probably the most misunderstood and mis-interpreted 24 words in existence today. Only 24 words which state: "Equality of Rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Thirty-five states representing 72% of the population have ratified the E. R. A. and three more are needed to make it a part of the constitution. Why do we need the E. R. A.? Under current federal "deregulation" schemes, there is being proposed repeal of equal credit and affirmative action regulations - removal of enforcement procedures for equal employment laws and dilution of Equal Education Laws. The E. R. A. is necessary in order to establish a national policy and to set a standard for the elimination of discrimination based on sex. I could go into numerous explanations of how the E. R. A. will benefit Employed women, Minority Women, Homemakers and Men also. And I shall be happy to discuss it with anyone who would like to contact me after the rally. But for today, I'd just like to say that one of the greatest reasons for the fight against passage of the E. R. A. is probably the 59 cents wage gap. Employed women are paid only 59 cents for every $1 paid to men. If this be true, and the government says it is, then WHO GETS THE OTHER 41 CENTS? It is no wonder that those who profit from the cheap labor force oppose the E. R. A. Yes, we are here today to commemorate an historic event of 60 years ago but we are living out perhaps an even more historic time in the growth of our country. Neither Susan B. Anthony nor Elizabeth Cady Stanton lived to see their dream of Woman's Suffrage become a reality. I trust those of us who are working so desperately toward the fulfillment of our dreams of Justice and Equality will see it come to pass in our lifetimes. A yery dear friend of mine once asked me: "Where were you during the Civil Rights movement of the 60's?" I had to admit, with quite a lot of guilt, I was here in South Texas, in my ignorance, and did nothing to help in that struggle. When your daughters, nieces, or granddaughters ask you, "Where were you during the feminist movement of the 80's?" what will your answer be? It can't be ignorance - because here today, your presence proves you are aware of the struggle. Will you stand with pride and say: I was there, right on the front lines, and By God, I gave it everything I had." Thank you. READ YOUR LABEL! If the label on this newsletter has a CC by your name, you have received a Courtesy Copy. People receive a courtesy copy if they a) attend a meeting, b) sign an ERA or Reproductive Rights Permission Card, c) are recommended by a friend in NOW, d) hold a position described in the faculty/staff directory that makes us think they should know about us or e) are a departmental secretary/administrative secretary who can circulate this newsletter within a department. Anyone with a U of H mailing address can continue to receive courtesy copies by letting us know (see form below). We would rather you join, of course. Since we must pay postage on off-campus addresses, we cannot continue to send courtesy copies indefinitely. The best way to keep receiving our newsletter is, of course, to join us. When you join NOW you will also receive the National NOW Times every month, and soon there will be a Texas State NOW Newsletter, to keep you up on national and state events and legislation of concern to feminists. See form below. Members should note that their label has numbers on it near their names - e.g. 6/82-pn#390. This is the date of membership expiration, folowed by a precinct number, if we know it. (If we don't, the date will be followed by -pn#000.) Please call JoAnn Evansgardner (741-4009) with this information if you are a registered voter. (If you are not, call Carl Smith, Harris County Tax Assessor, 224-1919x310, who will send out a postage paid form; 30 days after you mail it in, you will be a registered voter!) ANY ADDRESS CHANGES OR CORRECTIONS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO JO ANN EVANSGARDNER ASAP. Ten months and five days to win justice and fairness. It can be done but it will take the e fforts of all careing persons, Men and Women, to make this dream of Equality a reality. We need your help. There is no individual anywhere who cannot be a part of this great movement if only they care enough to make the effort. What can you as an individual do? Many things. Volunteers are needed to go to unratified states and work. We must form more letter writing campaigns to inform the legislators of the vast support for the E. R. A. There is an urgent need for financial donations. You are urged to join with us in the National Organization for Women. Not of women, for women. We have a great number of members who are men. Any of the NOW members who are here today can tell you how to become a member. I-m-IUTES.OP AUGUST 25th MEEEIHQ OP uo'.i - uttversity: op Houston chapter 7:pO P. II. Meeting called to order by Convenor, Jo .nn _?vansnardner. Copies of agenda were distributed and discussed as to order of business. The election of officers was discussed and a motion was made by Nancy George that nominations be accepted up until the September 1st meeting, giving notice accordingly in a mailing in keeping with the required 10 day notice. Elections then to be held on the occasion of our September 22nd meeting. Motion seconded and approved.