Earlier this month, Florida state Representative Lori Berman (D-Lantana) filed legislation to have Florida be the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
Currently only 35 states have ratified the ERA since it was introduced for state ratification in 1972. The last state to ratify the ERA was Indiana in 1977. To be added to the Constitution, 38 states must ratify the amendment.
Berman told WPTV, "There is precedent for it going on. I'm sure if that if Florida was one of those states we could make sure that it could become an amendment to the Constitution."
"The Equal Rights Amendment will offer Constitutional protection to a woman's right to equality," she continued. "I have always been a strong advocate and proponent for women's rights in all arenas and this is an inherent part of being an American."
Florida state Senators Gwen Margolis (D-Miami) and Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) have also co-sponsored legislation for Florida to ratify the ERA in the state Senate.
Media Resources: WPTV 12/20/12; WLRN 12/3/12; EqualRightsAmendment.org
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
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The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
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"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .