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President's Message

"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. The Congress shall have the power to enforce by appropriate legislation the provisions of this article. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification."

Those three sentences comprise the Equal Rights Amendment as passed by Congress in 1972. Hawaii ratified within hours of Congressional passage. That was eight years ago, and the amendment is still awaiting ratification.

We have had one extension of the ratification deadline; three more states must ratify by June 30, 1982. Unfortunately, some states have voted recision of their ratification votes, and no one is quite certain of the legality of such moves.

We are now faced with a "now or never" situation. A new Administration will soon be taking office in Washington, and it does not support ERA. We are not sure what effect this, as well as local elections, will have on state legislatures.

We have not had to fight for ERA here in Hawaii, or fight back serious attempts at recision. Therefore, it is easy to be complacent. But -- THERE IS A VERY REAL DANGER THAT ERA WILL DIE!

Therefore, as we noted in the last Voter, the Honolulu Board voted to send $500 to National League to aid in the fight for ERA, and to ask members to match that. We passed a calabash at the December luncheon, and that plus other donations has brought the member total to around $200. There is still time to send in a contribution: We've asked before, we know it is close to Christmas, and inflation is terrible. BUT -- there won't be another extension for ERA ratification. THIS IS IT! If you care about ERA, please send in a contribution. Checks may be made payable to LWV (make a note that it's for ERA).

This is our last chance! Mahalo.

Have a Merry Christmas and the best of new years.

Barbara Farwell

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