Mission Statement- Students and Others: It’s time to finally Pass and Ratify the ERA
“Many people don’t know; they think women already have equal rights, but it’s not in the Constitution,” said Julianne Sheehan, 13, one of the Yellow Roses, who adds, “Many people ‘just forgot about’ the Equal Rights Amendment.”
The Yellow Roses are a group of middle school students, too young to vote but too angry to accept that women’s rights are left up to “interpretation” instead of being “officially spelled out in the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution Doesn’t Protect Women – But Gloria Steinem and These Teens Want to Change That and she gave them her best advice.
The Yellow Roses are In the News. Here is an excerpt from a Women’s eNews article published December 27, 2016:
“It is incredibly significant to have the Yellow Roses rallying around the Equal Rights Amendment,” said Bettina Hager, co-chair of the Washington, D.C.-based ERA Task Force, which has guided the Roses through their activism. “Americans think that constitutional equality for women and girls already exists. It is difficult to encourage people to speak out if they are unaware. The Yellow Roses’ work can be shared with other young women and help the ERA gain traction.”
To read the entire article: http://womensenews.org/2016/12/massachusetts-middle-schoolers-push-for-passage-of-equal-rights-amendment/
01/03/2011 04:58 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
Amanda Terkel – Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post
WASHINGTON — The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation, according to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:
“Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”
In summary according to former Supreme Court Justice Scalia: Women Don’t Have Constitutional Protection Against Discrimination
The Yellow Roses are “reinforcements” of students and others who will take up the torch handed to them by their elders, the women and others of the 1960s and 1970s and 1980s who came within THREE states of ERA ratification and Constitutional protection of women’s rights, all of them.
15 states did not vote for ratification of the ERA. Do you live in one of those states? (see map)
Will you join? Will you share this? Will you contact your state and U.S. elected officials and urge them to vote “yellow rose” (yes) on the Equal Rights Amendment?
No matter your age, you can be a “yellow rose.” Together we can finish Alice Paul’s unfinished business – the business of true equality. It’s time for all women’s rights to officially be added to women’s only Constitutional right-the right to vote.
“Not having women’s rights in the U.S. Constitution troubled us a lot,” Grace Akkara, 13, said. “It really puzzled us, so we realized we should do something about it.”
Grace, Julianne and four friends and classmates (Ilkim, Eleanor, Alessia and Veronica) who now call themselves the Yellow Roses, are working to get more young people involved in pushing for passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Yellow roses were a symbol of the suffragette movement in the 1920s.
* A recent poll found that 80% of those polled thought that the (ERA) Equal Rights Amendment was already in the U.S. Constitution. It is NOT. It found that 94% of people would support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to guarantee women and men equal rights.
Here is the press release for the most recent poll: http://www.eracoalition.org/fi