Equal Rights Amendment

What an amazing, poignant moment! My comments regarding this resolution encouraging the Oklahoma legislature to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment:

"I'm thankful to Breea Clark for sparking this idea and grateful to staff for spit-shining the draft resolution I wrote. I really like writing resolutions because it helps me dive into these issues and give them the serious thought and consideration they are due.

I have to admit, drafting this resolution made me feel pretty emotional and reflective about how issues of gender inequality have impacted the generations of women in my family.

When my grandmother was born, women only had the right to vote for 15 years. Until the early 1970s, it was legal (and common) to deny her or my mother a credit card without a man's co-signature. My mother could still be legally fired for becoming pregnant until 1978, and the last military academy's all-male admission policy was not forcibly lifted until the mid-1990s, less than a decade before I would be going to college myself.

This resolution urging the passage of the ERA recognizes that equality of pay, job opportunities, political representation, education, and health care (including reproductive health care) will remain elusive without an explicit guarantee in the U.S. Constitution.

This is of particular importance for women of color, women with disabilities, and the LGBTQIA community.

24 states have language that provide various degrees of legal protection against sex discrimination.

Oklahoma is not one of them. Are any of you surprised?

The word equal appears 49 times in our state constitution, not once referring to equal protection under the law."