Author of "Woman this is WAR! Petitions Legislative Delegation
On Tuesday, Jocelyn Andersen, of Auburndale, petitioned the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Florida. Following is a transcript of her two minute speech:
I am here on behalf of the Equal Rights Alliance supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. Only three states are needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and Florida should be one of them.
Women are guaranteed only one right under the United States Constitution, and that is the right to vote. This should be unacceptable to all Americans. The 14th Amendment is often cited as giving women equal rights. It does not. It does not mention women at all but does specify that only men can vote. It is rather antiquated has been suggested that it be repealed.
American women enjoy many privileges today, but they are just that, privileges—not rights. Privileges are easily revoked while rights, on the other hand, are not.
American Women are forced to accept revocable privileges in exchange for rights because we do not enjoy the same level of protection under the United States Constitution that American men do.
Barry Goldstein stated in his Times article that 40 states have determined that gender bias against mothers exists in their family court systems. We need an Equal Rights Amendment to stop this discrimination against women and their children in our family court systems.
Florida Senate Committees have overwhelmingly passed the Equal Rights Amendment, but it is my understanding that the House has never granted even one hearing or vote. I am asking you to support this by granting hearings and by voting to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the state of Florida.
America is just three states away from ratifying an amendment that would guarantee Constitutional equality for all of its citizens, not just its male citizens.
Jocelyn Andersen is the author of "Woman This Is WAR! Gender, Slavery and the Evangelical Caste System," co-founder of the Freedom for Christian Women Coalition and Central Florida director for the national organization Equal Rights Alliance.