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Membership Memo
Comments on Books (I.M.A. Reader)
What's New and Coming?
Voters Service
Help Needed
Time for Training
Budget Recommendations
September Unit - The Right to Privacy
Equal Rights Amendment
Meet the League Coffees (Marian Wilkins)
National Notes (Lucy Wilson Benson)

Equal Rights Amendment

The State Commission on the Status of Women coordinated a meeting of various women's organization in July concerning the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Hawaii.

In March, 1972, the U.S. Congress proposed an amendment to the Constitution the "equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex." This will become a part of the Constitution if ratified by three-fourths of the states within the next seven years and will go into effect two years after the date of ratification. Since this could mean waiting almost a decade for legal equality, a similar amendment has been proposed for the Hawaii state constitution to be voted upon in the upcoming general election.

A Speaker's Bureau in being set up with names of persons willing to talk to clubs and organizations on the ERA. If you are willing to speak or be spoken to or if you would like to be involved in any way, please contact either Molly Long (734-6428) or Robin Kenny (373-3823) (or the State Commission on the Status of Women).

Passage of this is very important. Though we can note with pride that Hawaii was the first state to ratify the proposed federal amendment, a failure of the state amendment to pass could be considered by legislators as a mandate to rescind the federal ratification----and it would delay equality under the law for both men and women in our state.

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