ERA 2019: A solution seeking non-existent problem

Competency has long trumped gender as qualifier for women achievers, rendering Equal Rights Amendment irrelevant

As the ERA resurfaces in the Arizona Legislature, and marches on the state capitol are planned, it’s worth examining the facts regarding the need for a constitutional amendment to enshrine equal rights for women.

For the third year in a row, women outnumbered men in law school classrooms across the country in 2018. Ditto medical schools, with higher female enrollment. Women serve in record numbers in congress. In a historic first, Arizona is represented in Washington D.C. by two female U.S. Senators Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema.  Ironically, it was Democrat Sinema who viciously slurred women.

Four of Arizona’s last six governors have been women, dating back to 1988. We were also one of the first states to send a woman to Congress, when Isabella Selmes Greenway won office in 1932. Not only was Sandra Day O’Connor — appointed by President Ronald Reagan — the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, but the trailblazing state of Arizona had the first female state Supreme Court Justice, when Lorna Lockwood — born in 1903, in the Arizona territory — ascended to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Justice Lockwood is notable for being the first woman in the nation to become Chief Justice of a state Supreme Court serving in that capacity twice — from 1965 through 1966 and from 1970 through 1971. She passed the bar in 1925 and was a state legislator and Superior Court Judge before ascending to the Arizona Supreme Court in 1960 — paving the nearly identical career path Sandra O’Connor eventually took to the U.S. Supreme Court. O’Connor was elected to both the state legislature and as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge (prior to the 1974 advent of “merit selection”) before being named to the Supreme Court.

Women are also entrepreneurial. According to these 2017 figures, which have no doubt grown since they were released, more than 11.6 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 9 million people, and generating $1.7 trillion in sales.

So why is the political left reviving efforts to pass the obviously unnecessary Equal Rights Amendment? Women have served in Presidential Cabinets, as spokespersons and advisers. Female Democrat 2020 presidential aspirants are already outnumbering their male counterparts.

Women obviously are not in need of amendment to ensure equal rights. The rights have been in place for decades as Arizonans are well aware, exemplified by Justice Lockwood, who passed the bar 93 years ago, beginning her stellar career path.

In 1998, five Arizona women known as the ‘Fab Five’ were simultaneously elected to the state’s top government positions. Governor Jane Dee Hull; Secretary of State Betsey Bayless; Attorney General Janet Napolitano; Treasurer Carol Springer; and Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham-Keegan.

Soon after statehood in 1912, Arizona amended the state constitution to grant women’s voting rights and ensure their ability to hold public office. That occurred a full eight years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women’s rights.

What exactly would the ratification of the obviously antiquated notion of an Equal Rights Amendment accomplish in 2019?

6 Responses to ERA 2019: A solution seeking non-existent problem

  1. Saguaro Sam says:

    Equal Rights??
    It’s WOMEN in state legislatures and in Congress who are voting to support abortion after the birth of a full term healthy baby.
    Is That Not MURDER?

    Equal rights for women, but not for female fetuses or babies?

    Mentioning Janet Napolitano, above. Really?
    Hired hundreds of attorneys for the civil division “for the children” when she was AG. Nothing got better for the children.

    Why are there tens of thousands of missing children (US) from the foster systems? I’m not talking about teens, but they are in the count.

    One day it will be revealed. Atrocities.

    It’s one of the reasons the DEMS are throwing the kitchen sink at the President of the United States.

    • Maggie says:

      Excellent reminder about the left’s bonding to infanticide. They remind me of the Aztecs who engaged in ritualistic murders on sacrificial alters to appease their Gods. The ceremonies lasted for days and I’ve read that there is speculation that hundreds of thousands were ultimately slaughtered during the yearly multi-day festivities that included banquets and dancing. Those sacrificed were men, women and children

      • Saguaro Sam says:

        Bohemian Grove.
        Skull and Bones.
        Jeffrey Epstein
        Podesta bros
        Marina Abramovic
        Many in Hollywood
        Happening in our lifetime. It never stopped.

  2. Realist says:

    Good information here and another reveal of the extremes to which AZ legislative Democrats will go to advance a claim they have done something, which in reality has long been accomplished.

    They must have easily duped constituencies.

  3. Frankly Speaking says:

    The dems have nothing else to yammer about. They grasped this ERA BS as a lifeline. All they’ve accomplished so far in this legislative session is showing how bonded they are to infanticide.
    What a shameful display.

  4. John Powelson says:

    It is a magic show. It isn’t about what you see, it is about what is in their other hand they have hidden from us. Where is the other hand? They want to change some part of the Constitution and they offer something that all the states already have combined into their law and which will not change the way anyone does business so there is little to no debate about it. In truth they will try to sneak in something that they will want approved in the same stroke. I believe that is what the convention of the states is about and the move to get the states to become part and parcel to the National Popular Vote agreement. It is a way to subvert our constitution and destroy America as we know it. The NPV would in effect put all the states at the beck and call of California’s Socialist agenda as long as NewYork agrees with them and they are also socialist. They would have Chicago’s/Illinois’s socialist to back them up and we will have only one option which is War against our oppressors CA NY socialist rule and their vote to take what we have earned to support and save their socialist empires. A word of warning if they can get this done the second amendment will go on their chopping block shortly after because they know it is all we have left to defend ourselves from their plunder.