What began as a discussion group in the fall of 2016 in Blue Hill, Maine, has grown into a grassroots organization advocating for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.
Many of us were young women in school when the Equal Rights Amendement passed both Houses of Congress in 1972. It was ratified by the State of Maine in 1974. Some of us were too young to remember, others were too busy raising children, working, going to school and being young, to pay much attention. The ERA seemed to sail through ratification by the first 30 states. That was 45 years ago. We thought it was a done deal. We were wrong.
We are a mediator, a graphic designer, a nurse, a lawyer, a women's health advocate, an architect, a sailmaker, a musician, a writer, a geologist, a librarian, a few artists, and more. We are daughters, sisters, wives, mothers and some grandmothers. We are joined by our neighbors, our sons, husbands, brothers, fathers. We are growing. Join us.
We are just one of many states working to bring this issue to the attention of Congress.
Our goals are to inform our fellow Mainers:
that we do not have equal protection for women in the Constitution.
that our current laws protecting women’s rights are vulnerable to change or recall by a simple majority vote in Congress.
And, to remind our Members of Congress:
of the support among their constituents for the ERA.
of their mandate to work hard for the endorsement and active support of its ratification.
Photo by Barbara Damrosch