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Title NOW News Bay Area Chapter, Vol. 9, No. 7, July 1981
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Date July 1981
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Transcript An Appeal to the Members of the Mormon Church Women are discriminated against in the United States. Women have always been discriminated against. But gradually, step by step, this country has moved away from the old English common law doctrine, which regarded women as the property of their husbands, and moved toward treating women as individual human beings. A giant step toward women's equality was the winning of the right of women to vote on August 26, 1920. Now we must take another giant step and win ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment by June 30, 1982. What Will ERA Mean? ERA will mean that all individuals, regardless of whether they are women or men, will be treated equally under the law. That is all ERA means; nothing more, nothing le,ss. Unequal treatment means that: • As homemakers, women have no economic rights, only dependent benefits. Frequently, homemakers have no social security or pension in their own right for their retirement years. Dependent benefits are often inadequate, less than benefits of paid workers, and all too often, in the case of divorce, benefits are lost. • As workers outside the home, when women retire they receive sociai security checks which are much lower than men's. The average social security benefit tor employed women retiring in 1978 was $215 per month compared to $325 per month for men. Of all older Americans living below the poverty line, 75% are women. • As wage earners, women earn only 59$ for every $1.00 men earn, and 9 out of 10 women will work full time for pay sometime during their lives. Minority women earn even less. Women who are college graduates earn less than men who did not complete high school. • In promotion, women have far less opportunity than men—i.e., as a school teacher, (women are 70% of the teachers) a woman's chance of becoming a principal is 19 times less than a man's. • Women who live in a state which has recently enacted its.own equal rights provision in its state constitution, such as Pennsylvania, have, under the law, equal rights but only under state law. Women have no protection under Federal law—until the ERA is in the U.S. Constitution. • The Federal Government can discriminate against women—and now does in pay, jobs, education, opportunity, social security, to mention a few areas—until the Equal Rights Amendment is ratified. Why is There Opposition to ERA? Who does not support equality under the law for women and men? The Mormon Church is one institution which actively opposes ERA. Why is the Mormon Church opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment? Could these be two reasons? • Women work, and they work for less wages than men. Nationally, and in Utah, r.iore than 50% of the women 16 years of age and over are in the work force full time. Women, on the average, earn 59<t fo. 3very $1.00 men earn. In Utah, women earn just 52$ to every $1 men make. The Mormon Church owns and operates businesses, ranging from farms and food processing plants to broadcasting and merchandising companies. Their worth runs into billions of dollars. It pays these church-owned businesses to have a cheap source of labor—women—just as it pays any corporation in America to be able to get away with low pay scales at the expense of women. • A primary mission of the Mormon Church is to expand. In 1980 it had 2,700,000 members in the United States and 1,130,000 foreign members. The foreign membership appears to be growing three times as fast the the United States membership and if the Mormon Church is to remain an American institution, it must expand here. The missionary outreach of the LDS Church is well known. What is less well known is the increase in the Mormon birthrate. In Utah, whose population is 70% Mormon, the number of annual births per 1,000 population rose from 25 to 30 during the period 1970 to 1977, while the national average during this same period fell from 18 to 15. Thus, Utah had twice the national birthrate in 1977. First President of the Church, Spencer W. Kimball, instructed women in his book, My Beloved Sisters, "Let other women pursue heedlessly what they selfishly perceive as their interests. . . God has given to you the tremendous tasks of nurturing families. . . Do not make the mistake of being drawn off into secondary tasks." But women do not work outside the home for frivolous or selfish reasons. Most women work because they must. In these days of high inflation, one income is often inadequate to house, clothe, feed, and care for a family. Many females are the sole paid worker for their households. In Utah, the divorce rate is actually higher than in the nation as a whole—in 1977, in Utah 5.5 per 1,000 population to 5.0 for the nation. The facts are clear that the Mormon Church has worked actively against ERA. No woman may ever become a priest, which one must be to aspire to leadership in the church. Hence, all decisions, such as the anti-ERA position, are made by men. Women, whose very livelihood is at stake, have nothing to say about such issues.