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Women’s Equality Fact Sheet

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                “After leaving the military, I was politically apathetic, more concentrated on my university studies than politics.  After seeing a concerted effort to reverse the progressive march for the rights of women, I found I could no longer remain apathetic in the attack on women’s freedoms.  This anti-woman legislation forced me to become political.” – Robert Patrick Anderson, 27

               “I see a culture in the US where it’s acceptable for public figures to call women the ugliest of names.  I see an intrusion into women’s utmost private affairs by people complaining that government is too big and intrusive.  I see a dismantling of women’s civil rights that were fought long and hard to achieve.  This is how the Taliban acts toward their women and is NOT what democracy looks like.  I march to protect women’s rights and to protect democracy.”  - Holly Equality Homan

 

WOMEN’S EQUALITY

  • The U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1789 and the first Ten Amendments (called the Bill of Rights) added in 1791.  Until 1919, nothing in the Constitution addressed the rights of women.
  • Washington State amended its constitution in 1910 to allow women the right to vote.  The U.S. Constitution is amended in 1919 to allow this right.
  • The Washington State legislature repealed the prohibition on women holding public office in 1963.  Yet, women only comprise 24% of state elective offices and 17% of Congress, despite gains made in other areas.
  • Washington’s Act Against Discrimination is amended to include sex in 1971.
  • Washington voters passed an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to its state constitution in 1972.

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