President’s Corner

Margo McNeil, President MoWPC

Margo McNeil, President MoWPC


ERA

April 30, 2019 - "Passage of the Equal Rights Amendment is critical. JUSTICE, equality and a level playing field must be a baseline for every resident of this state and country. To date, sexual equality is not protected by the U.S. Constitution.

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters.

The ERA was first proposed by the National Women’s political party in 1923 to provide legal equality of the sexes and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. On March 22,1972, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was passed by the U.S. Senate and then sent to states for ratification. Hawaii was the first state to ratify what would may have been the 27th Amendment, followed by 30 states within a year. In order for the amendment to pass a total of 38 states (three-fourths) were needed to ratify it. Ultimately it failed to achieve ratification.

Having a constitutional guarantee of equality is more important today than at anytime during my lifetime. The conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court generally adhere to the philosophy of ‘original intent.’ The original 1789 Constitution did not consider women as citizens and women had no rights. Today’s Supreme Court Justices will feel mandated to vote against the rights of women without a basis for granting those rights clearly stated in the U.S. Constitution.

Citizens of Missouri want equal justice for all. Women want to be equal partners with the men of Missouri, America and internationally and they don’t want any legislative body able to impinge upon those rights. Passage of SCR7 (Schupp) and/or HCR12 (Morgan) is critical and should move forward with all due speed. Contact your State Senator and State Representative and let them know where you stand on the issue of equal justice."


“Meet Us in St. Louis”

An exciting event is happening this July. The National organization of the Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) will hold its convention in St. Louis this July 19-2, 2019 at the Westin in St Louis - just a 10 minute walk from the newly renovated Gateway Arch. Info: http://www.nwpc.org/convention2019/.

We would love to “Meet You in St. Louis.” The convention will open with a salute to Missouri’s suffragettes at an opening night reception. It will feature a one day campaign training workshop, relevant panel discussions, a Women of Courage Luncheon and a Governor’s Brunch. This will be an energizing kickoff to the 2020 election cycle.

MoWPC is working to make this convention interesting and fun for all who attend. Come early, stay late and visit our free world class St. Louis Zoo and the many art, history, & science museums. St. Louis boasts of a Botanical Gardens & one of a kind City Museum, just one of our many neighborhoods with great night life.) There is so much to see and do in this great city. Mark your calendar and plan to attend! More information: http://www.nwpc.org/convention2019/


From Politics to Policy

How do we get policymakers to put forth responsive measures/policies that reflect a critical and comprehensive understanding of the climate and issues associated with sexual assault? It starts with who we elect to implement those policies & protective measures.

September 27, 2018 - Those sexually assaulted are scarred for life. They do not forget! They do not mis-remember! The fear, revulsion and horror crystalizes these terrifying moments forever.

We, of the Missouri Women’s Political Caucus BELIEVE WOMEN.  We believe those bravely coming forward to speak to the character of this man who seeks to sit in judgement of the laws of this nation. The women speaking out against Brett Kavanaugh suffered greatly for many years –  and the punishment continues on with death threats, harassment and the exposure of this personal painful attack publicly.

I salute these brave women coming forward now and the brave #metoo survivors who decided that enough was enough. Staying silent has not worked. Staying silent only allows the culture of rape to grow and thrive. These women are heroes who seek to make life better for us, for their sisters, for children and for children to come.

We, the members of the MoWPC – stand with these gutsy women, applaud these brave women, and pledge to do our part to dismantle the culture of rape that has been allowed to exist for so very long.  NO MORE! Our energy and efforts will stay focused on electing more progressive pro-choice women on November 6th.     Women WILL BE FULL Partners with men! Women WILL BE FULL participating members of this society!  WOMEN WILL WIN – November 6th!   Join our efforts!