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April 1, 1989 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / CHARLES FOX
CHEERING ON MOLLY YARD, president of the National Organization for Women, is Beth Whitney, a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. Yard spoke at the university yesterday. She urged support for an April 9 women's rights march on Washington on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment and the right to have an abortion.
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November 19, 1992 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The news that Bill Clinton had been elected president made Molly Yard, a longtime campaigner for women's rights and former head of the National Organization for Women, very happy. But it was the election of four women to the U.S. Senate and 19 women to the House of Representatives that made her happiest of all. Yard, who spoke Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Upper Providence, is 80 and still recovering from a stroke suffered last year. So she played only a limited role in the recent election campaign, speaking publicly only once, on behalf of Illinois Senate candidate Carol Mosley Braun.
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July 16, 1987 | By KIT KONOLIGE, Daily News Staff Writer (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
While members of Congress are riding their train to Philadelphia this morning, runners sponsored by the National Organization for Women will be finishing up their own trip from Washington - the long, hard way. A chain of one-mile relays is expected to arrive at JFK Plaza about noon today, then wind its way down to Independence Mall to mark the opening of NOW's annual conference, being held this year in Philadelphia. At 10 a.m. Monday, U.S. Rep. Claudine Schneider, R-R.I., and Olympic swimming gold medalist Nancy Hogshead ran the first mile from the U.S. Capitol.
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July 20, 1989 | BY CAL THOMAS
"Take our rights, lose your jobs" is the slogan abortion rights advocates will use against state legislators who vote to restrict or outlaw abortion. How seriously should that threat be taken? Not very, if past experience is any indication. During the 10 years the Equal Rights Amendment sought ratification by the states, it was enthusiastically supported by the administrations of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter (who personally lobbied members of the Illinois legislature), most of the press and more than 450 national organizations.
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November 19, 2006 | By Teresa Anicola FOR THE INQUIRER
About 20 people formed a circle lit by candlelight Tuesday in the cemetery of the Westfield Friends Meeting. They stood by the grave of suffragist Alice Paul, who is buried in a small plot marked by an unadorned white marble marker. Although the mood was somber, they were not trying to conjure her spirit. They were there to mark the 1917 Night of Terror. In January that year, female demonstrators had started holding round-the-clock vigils outside Woodrow Wilson's White House, demanding the vote for women.
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July 30, 1993 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
It was a compelling moment during the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneer in the women's rights movement. She was pressed by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., about why the Equal Rights Amendment was still needed, since there are laws that protect women from discrimination. "Every modern human-rights document has a statement that men and women are equal before the law," she said. "Our Constitution doesn't. I would like to see, for the sake of my daughter and my granddaughter and . . . all the daughters who come after, that statement as part of our fundamental instrument of government.
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March 28, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
George Washington got one. So did Andrew Jackson, the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, and Neil Armstrong. But 161 years would pass before the Congress of the United States awarded its Gold Medal to a woman. Now, says U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R., N.J.), it's time for Congress to posthumously accord its highest civilian honor to Alice Paul - the unyielding civil rights advocate from Mount Laurel credited with passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
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July 10, 2014
THE HEARTBREAKING and alarming news that one in five high school students is involved with either DHS or the juvenile justice system should be a wake-up call for systemic change. Even though we should never abandon these students or give up hope, the intervention that has the best chance of saving them must happen as early as possible. Blaming their dysfunctional homes as an excuse not to fund early intervention programs only exacerbates the problem. Meanwhile, many teachers apply for positions in urban schools at all levels for the purpose of making a difference.
NEWS
November 14, 1986 | By Ellen Goodman
When I first heard that the Equal Rights Amendment was going on the ballot in Vermont, I felt a small instinctive groan rumbling up from the pit of my stomach. Not again. Not now. The conditions were pretty good in Vermont, I was told by the equal-rights forecasters. The candidates at the top of the ticket were all in favor of the ERA. There was a core of activists. A state amendment wouldn't encounter the anxiety about drafting women unless Vermont suddenly decided to go to war with New Hampshire.
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March 24, 1992 | By MARY BERRY
Twenty years ago, Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment and sent it to the states for ratificaton. By the summer of 1982, however, the extended time for ratificaton had passed, and ERA was deferred for a later generation. In the 20 years without ERA, many people assume that equal rights for women have been gained without the amendment. Conceptually and practically, however, constraints on women's equality and rights remain. ERA was supposed to help gain women more autonomy - the right to defend and express their own sexuality, reproductive choice, economic independence and sense of identity, independently of others.
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July 10, 2014
THE HEARTBREAKING and alarming news that one in five high school students is involved with either DHS or the juvenile justice system should be a wake-up call for systemic change. Even though we should never abandon these students or give up hope, the intervention that has the best chance of saving them must happen as early as possible. Blaming their dysfunctional homes as an excuse not to fund early intervention programs only exacerbates the problem. Meanwhile, many teachers apply for positions in urban schools at all levels for the purpose of making a difference.
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April 8, 2013
Early help to thwart violence "Shame on us if we've forgotten" the victims of Newtown and other mass shootings, President Obama said last week. But the real shame is failing to face the elephant in the room: mental health. Several decades ago, civil rights activists' court challenges narrowed the government's ability to give a person help with psychological issues without his consent. Today, troubled individuals have to commit a crime before this can happen. While the 500-plus annual murders in Obama's adopted hometown of Chicago do not happen because of mental disorders, mass murders like those at Sandy Hook Elementary all have a mental-health component.
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March 28, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
George Washington got one. So did Andrew Jackson, the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, and Neil Armstrong. But 161 years would pass before the Congress of the United States awarded its Gold Medal to a woman. Now, says U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R., N.J.), it's time for Congress to posthumously accord its highest civilian honor to Alice Paul - the unyielding civil rights advocate from Mount Laurel credited with passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
NEWS
January 24, 2013
ON MONDAY, President Obama hailed the pioneers who in 1848 first fought for women's rights at Seneca Falls, N.Y. On Wednesday, Obama's Pentagon sent America's female troops charging up Hamburger Hill, metaphorically speaking. Leon Panetta, the outgoing defense secretary, has decided that for the first time U.S. women troops will be eligible for front-line combat infantry or artillery jobs that have long been restricted to men - first by tradition and after 1994 by official Pentagon policy, according to multiple news accounts.
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November 19, 2006 | By Teresa Anicola FOR THE INQUIRER
About 20 people formed a circle lit by candlelight Tuesday in the cemetery of the Westfield Friends Meeting. They stood by the grave of suffragist Alice Paul, who is buried in a small plot marked by an unadorned white marble marker. Although the mood was somber, they were not trying to conjure her spirit. They were there to mark the 1917 Night of Terror. In January that year, female demonstrators had started holding round-the-clock vigils outside Woodrow Wilson's White House, demanding the vote for women.
NEWS
April 18, 2006 | By Babette Josephs
Even though there are many issues we should be addressing in Harrisburg, a proposed constitutional amendment on marriage is currently pending before the state House of Representatives. This amendment would enshrine in our state constitution a definition of marriage and bar recognition of civil unions. The proposed amendment reflects not only a misplaced desire to treat lesbian and gay people as second-class citizens, but also a flawed appreciation of constitutional history. In addition, it represents a real economic threat to the Philadelphia area.
NEWS
August 12, 2005
IT'S TELLING THAT the clippings of Ernesta Ballard's early accomplishments are filed in this newspaper's library in the same envelope as those of her late husband, Frederic. In some of those stories, she is identified as "(Mrs. Frederic Ballard). " That's the way things were done in an era when women's identities were tied to those of their husbands and no one even dreamed of questioning it. In the world to which Ernesta Drinker Ballard was born, girls were "finished" in finishing schools, not educated, lest they be warped and not make good wives.
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September 18, 2003 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Virginia Alsover Yahraes, 91, of East Norriton, a women's club leader who championed the Equal Rights Amendment and raised millions of dollars for charity, died Sept. 8 at home. From 1970 to 1972, Mrs. Yahraes was president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs Pennsylvania. As head of the 70,000-member federation, she campaigned around the state for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and urged local clubs to organize recycling in their communities, "or else we will be buried alive in our own waste," she said.
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October 22, 1998 | by Jaclyn D'Auria, For the Daily News
As a child, Elizabeth Volz recalls choosing friends who were interested in women's rights. "I remember arguing in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment at a slumber party. I was only 10 years old," the longtime Glassboro resident said. At 17, she became the youngest member of Moorestown's Alice Paul Chapter of the National Organization for Women. Today at 30, Volz may be the youngest woman to head NOW's New Jersey chapter. "It's close, but we're not certain that I am the youngest," said Volz, who was recently elected president at NOW's annual New Jersey Conference.
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July 30, 1995 | By Ellen O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You could say the tableau was timeless, or you could say that, in contemporary legend, it was as American as running shoes and Gatorade. It was a demonstration, by the National Organization for Women, at the steps of the Ohio Statehouse. In the hot, hot sun, about 300 women (and a few men) gathered for old-fashioned American speechifying. Behind the stage, a line of T-shirts hand-painted by victims of rape and domestic violence was strung over a storm fence. Facing the stage across the courtyard was another stage where transsexuals stood next to a white flag.
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