Opinion: Women May Have More Money and Rights in the Future

Women who think they have equal rights should look in their purses. In Louisiana, white women who work earn 70 cents on the dollar compared to white men–while black women earn 47 cents. The Equal Rights Amendment could fix this situation and only one state is needed to ratify the ERA.

Most people think the rights of women are already protected by the Constitution. They are wrong. Right now, no Constitutional protection exists–but this could change in 2019.

Senator J. P. Morrell has just announced that on the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session he intends to file a Senate Concurrent Resolution that provides for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Louisiana has the opportunity to make history.

The ERA amendment will end employment discrimination and advance fair pay. Louisiana women and others throughout the United States will be able to earn 100 percent of the wages men earn for comparable work. The ERA provides more opportunities for women in school and athletics. The ERA requires law enforcement and the legal system to respond to rape and sexual assault more effectively. The ERA Amendment clarifies that sex discrimination violates Constitutional rights.

Louisiana could lead the way…. but probably won’t unless you and other people let their legislators know women are ready for more opportunities.

On March 22, 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the United States Constitution. It said, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Now, it’s almost fifty years later…and there is only one state to go to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Tell your legislators you want them to vote yes on Senator Morrell’s resolution and ratify the ERA. We need equal pay in this state…. because right now Louisiana women have the worst pay rate in the nation. That is a fact.

Dolores Blalock
Natchitoches League of Women Voters

6 thoughts on “Opinion: Women May Have More Money and Rights in the Future

  1. I moved to Louisiana and I t took a huge decreases in salary to do so. When I did the research my salary was considerably less than the average. It would be awesome if Louisiana would just pay the same as other states. I’m sure women in Texas make less than men but if I would be happy if I just made what I as a woman was paid there!!

  2. I’m all for it. Women will then be required to register for selective service, and men will have better legal standing in child custody and support proceedings. Be careful what you ask for.

    • Check your military history. You’ll see women have been serving our country since the Revolutionary War, even though they had to disguise themselves as men to do it. They risked not just their lives, but scandal, imprisonment, and repercussions from husbands and other family members. Dr. Paula Furr, a professor and head of the Journalism Department at NSU, retired from the US Army as a general.

      Let’s not forget why women were banned from combat for so long: because men thought we weren’t tough enough to deal with the violence and intense emotion in the field. How about you ask the female soldiers who served alongside males in Desert Shield and Desert Storm?

  3. First, I don’t believe women are equal to men…they are superior!

    When it comes to equal pay, two things, in government/public jobs supported by taxpayers, positions should have a set salary (or hourly rate). Then it wouldn’t matter if a man or a woman was hired for that job. It would be set in stone: this position pays $XXXX (whatever it is). Now there’s an advertised range, like: “$30,000 – $45,000”. That gives the hiring entity plenty of room to discriminate against women. Nope! make the starting salary for that position, say, $40,000. Period.

    Next, I do NOT support mandated anything in the private sector. NO! Now, that said, I personally support equal pay but do not support the government forcing private businesses to have a salary policy. It’s nobody’s business but the owners of that company what they do.

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