AFETT Attends ERA Coalition Panel Discussion & Guided Exhibition Tour in New York


AFETT’s Immediate Past President, Tricia Leid, was invited to attend the ERA Coalition Panel Discussion and Guided Exhibition Tour at The Museum of the City of the New York, “Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics”. She was the guest of Ms. Carol Jenkins Director of the ERA Coalition Board and Host of the TV series ‘Black America’.


What is the ERA Coalition?


The ERA Coalition promotes legal and lived equality for women and girls in the United States by working for the passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. All men and women are created equal and that must be reflected in the Constitution.


The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would expressly prohibit discrimination against girls and women on the basis of sex. The ERA was passed by Congress in 1972: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States of by any state on account of sex.” By the time the deadline for state ratification ended in 1982, 35 states had ratified the amendment, just three states short of the number needed to put the ERA into the Constitution. Since then, the ERA has been reintroduced in Congress every session. Although polls indicate that more than 90% of Americans support the ERA, Congress has not once voted on it over the past thirty years.



The Panel Discussion:


The Panel comprised of the Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman, Former Congresswoman, Co-founder, Higher Heights for America and ERA Board Member, Kimberly Peeler-Allen and Carol Jenkins.


In addition to the reiteration for the importance of having the ERA put into the Constitution the panel discussed tackling social norms, awareness and behaviour. To challenge and change the constitution women must be in positions of power. Women must continue to be brought into decision-making forums, on boards and in Congress. They must continue the discourse on power and have the courage to speak up to impact 50% of the population which are women.


In a discussion with Kimberly Peeler-Allen, change will have an impact, with constant education on equal rights and to encourage voting on all levels.


As we continue to inspire the next generation of leaders to run for positions of power and influence, this will further encourage accountability and leadership. Interweaving purpose into your profession will sustain change. This is not unique to the United States, but across the world and moreover, Trinidad.

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