One Count, It One State Is All That Is Needed to Give Women Equal Rights

One Count, It One State Is All That Is Needed to Give Women Equal Rights

I wrote this back in August of 2020. After seeing Suffs at the Public Theatre I realize I need to re-post this.

Why are we not fighting for the equal rights amendment for women? Why isn’t the #1 topics in elections? All that is needed is one state to give women equal rights. Isn’t this important? Not according to Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris, Michelle Obama, Ex- President Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton or any of the women or “men” who talked last night about how women are in power thanks to the Democrat’s. Republican women are now the #1 supporters of the ERA. Before the 80’s, it was the Democratic women who were on the front lines. Now it seems the Democratic women have pushed this under the rug or ignored this glaringly embarrassing fact. It’s almost as if they do not know we have this problem. How are women in power, when they have less rights than any man, no matter their color in the US?

Thanks to Bella Abzug, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, the fight for women’s rights won the requisite two-thirds vote from the U.S. House of Representatives on October 1971. The Democratic women were on fire. On March 22, 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to the states for ratification.

Illinois recently became the 37th state to approve the pending Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), making this issue one state, count it one state, short of becoming law.

Did you know Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota and Tennessee withdrew their votes, after taking so long to make it this one step forward?

Do you know if push came to shove these laws could be inforced?

1. Child Marriage: Child marriage is shockingly still legal in the United States. While the minimum age of marriage in most states is 18, every state allows exceptions to these laws, either through parental consent or judicial approval. In 2017 that the total number of children wed in the United States from 2000-2010 was estimated around 248,000, and that “almost all of them were girls, some as young as 12.”

2. Non-Revokable Consent: In North Carolina, women have no legal standing to revoke consent for sexual intercourse once it has begun as a result of a 1979 legal precedent which stated that if “the actual penetration is accomplished with the woman’s consent, the accused is not guilty of rape,” even if the woman withdraws her consent. This precedent has been cited in several rape cases, resulting in their dismissal.

3. Upskirt Photos: In Georgia it is not illegal to take upskirt photos of women in public.

4. Rapists’ Parental Rights: Seven U.S. states do not have any laws that prevent rapists from claiming parental rights if a rape victim becomes pregnant. Women are having to co-parent their child with their rapist. Did you know the majority of rapes in the U.S. go unreported?

5. Oral Sex Isn’t Rape If The Victim Is Unconscious: The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in 2016 that someone cannot be found guilty of forceable sodomy if “a victim is so intoxicated as to be completely unconscious at the time of the sexual act of oral copulation. This ruling was in response to a case where a teenage girl was allegedly orally sexually assaulted by a teenage boy while she was unconscious due to alcohol consumption.

6. Toplessness Laws (Or Lack Thereof): New York, Hawaii, Maine, Ohio, and Texas have laws allowing a women to go topless.Other states have laws classifying exposing one’s breasts, except in the case of breastfeeding, as a crime.

7. Hair Regulations: Many states still have laws on the books that restrict a woman’s choice in styling her hair. In Michigan, a woman is not allowed to get her hair cut without her husband’s permission. In Oklahoma, a woman technically has to possess a license to do her own hair. In Nebraska, a law says that a mother must obtain a special state license if she wishes to perm her daughter’s hair.

Am I making my point? These are just some of the laws against women and yet we act as if we are equal, why? Why are we not screaming our heads off for this. Isn’t it about time to get our priorities straight.

My vote goes to what ever President, or any law maker who makes this a priority!


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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