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Business and Professional Women of Ohio is an organization of women helping women. First and foremost we support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Additionally members from around the state work to support their communities and the state in various ways. All members support our legislative platform.
While we don’t have many male members both males and females are welcome as members of our organization. The Business and Professional Women’s organization is the oldest organization of its kind, devoted entirely and actively to the interests and needs of all employed women irrespective of their occupation of their status — executive or workers.
Our membership strives to promote legislation, organizations, and people who advocate for women in regard to economic equity, civil rights, and health rights among other things.
While many people believe the Equal Rights Amendment or E.R.A. has already passed, it has not. The idea for the amendment arose in the early 1970’s during a time when women wanted rights to buy and sell property and have rights for unemployment compensation for pregnant workers. One particular woman, Alice Paul, is a famous activist who fought for equal rights. She completed the first draft of the E.R.A. after she helped to push the 19th Amendment through which allowed women the right to vote.
While many states have adopted their own versions of the E.R.A., and there are more protections available to women today, equality has not been achieved. An inclusive protection could come through passage of the E.R.A. which would protect all United States citizens.
Despite missing the 1982 deadline, we strive for the passage of the E.R.A. soon. History allowed for James Madison’s work on amendments to the Constitution to continue more than 200 years after congressional approval, so it is believed the same could happen with the E.R.A.. Only 35 states ratified the E.R.A. by the deadline, then Nevada ratified the amendment last year and most recently Illinois ratified. This means only one more state is needed for the 38 needed states to ratify the amendment for potential congressional approval.
With recent attention to the #MeToo efforts, the past election and candidacy, as well as newer reports of sexual misconduct, the idea of passage has become more popular. There are 13 states able to still ratify the amendment: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. It is our job to encourage these states to ratify the amendment. Congress could then vote to change the deadline or we would need to ratify the document in 38 states again.
Submitted by Carolyn Hrinda, BPW Ohio President
The Business & Professional Women of Ohio was established in 1920 and was part of the Business & Professional Women/USA. BPW has a proud history of working for women’s rights and issues. Over the years BPW has worked for the women’s right to vote, allowing women to serve on juries, pay equity, health issues, discrimination in the job market, etc. We are now a legacy partner of the BPW/Foundation based in Washington DC and continue to promote the legacy programs of BPW i.e. Young Careerist, Individual Development and National Business Women’s Week® Our locals work to better the lives of women by offering scholarships, donate to domestic violence shelters, food banks, rape crisis centers and the America Legion Buckeye Girls State. BPW is an organization dedicated to women helping women.
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