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Honolulu reaffirms our determination to achieve our first national priority EQUAL RIGHTS!

Four years ago, Hawaii raised $1,200 for the Equal Rights Amendment campaign. We're now down to the wire with only 19 months before the ratification deadline and we won't give up the fight now.

The Honolulu Board has authorized the expenditure of $500 from the treasury and we are asking members to dig deep once again and help us raise an additional $1,000. Our goal is $1,500. CAN THE FIRST STATE TO RATIFY THE AMENDMENT DO ANY LESS? $5 per member would reach our goal. Ask your friends, spread the word, and send those checks to the LWV office by January 1, 1981. Make checks out to: LWV - ERA.

(Beta Sickles, LWV New York City, dropped by to say hello as we were typing this Voter and we hit her for $5, our first contributor!:


ERA STATUS REPORT

    1. 35 states have already ratified.

    2. Three more states must ratify ERA before June 30, 1982 for it to become a part of the United States Constitution.

    3. The 15 states that have yet to ratify ERA: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.

    4. Legislatures in Idaho (2/9/77), Tennessee (4/ 23/74), and Nebraska (3/15/73) have voted to rescind their earlier ratification of ERA. Because legal authorities contend that such action is invalid, these states are counted in the column of ratified states. A fourth state, Kentucky, voted to rescind (3/16/78), but the vote was vetoed by Lt. Gov. Thelma Stovall acting in the place of the governor. In the 1979 legislative session, rescission was defeated in Wyoming, Jan. 17, by a vote of 13-16. Rescission bills have been introduced in Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia.

    5. On March 1, 1979 South Dakota voted their ratification automatically to expire on March 23, 1979. Similar attempts were defeated in Montana, Indiana and North Dakota. Sixteen states have equal rights amendments in their state constitutions: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.

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