For Immediate Release
Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116
Women's Rights Advocates Demand U.S. Constitution Guarantee Women's Rights
WASHINGTON - While Republicans are reading the U.S. Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives, women's rights advocates will be outside the Capitol asking: Where are the women?
"John Boehner and his cronies are holding up the U.S. Constitution as a sacred, perfect document. But we know the Constitution is far from perfect because it does not guarantee women's equality," says NOW President Terry O'Neill. "I am honored to join Representative Carolyn Maloney, who has been a tireless advocate on Capitol Hill for women's rights, to highlight the fact that women still are not fully protected in our nation's Constitution."
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) - invited
Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
NOW President Terry O'Neill
Leaders from a broad range of women's rights organizations
What: Call for Equal Rights Amendment to U.S. Constitution
When: January 6, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: House triangle, outside the Capitol at 1st St. SE and Independence Avenue
"We are way past due for a constitutional amendment explicitly acknowledging women's rights in the United States," says O'Neill. "Nothing less will do, as long as sexists like Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia feel completely justified interpreting women's rights as unprotected in the U.S. Constitution."
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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.