April 1, 1989 |
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.
November 19, 1992 |
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.
July 16, 1987 |
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.
July 20, 1989 |
"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.
November 19, 2006 |
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.
July 30, 1993 |
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.
March 28, 2013 |
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.
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.
November 14, 1986 |
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.
March 24, 1992 |
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.