Voting rights activist Madison Kimrey delivered another powerful speech at a Moral Mondays Women’s Rights gathering in North Carolina yesterday.
Kimrey pulled no punches – and that’s what we love about her – when she suggested that any employer who wants to pay her less than a man for the same work, can kiss her bottom line.
The young activist focused on a variety of issues concerning women including reproductive rights, equal pay and violence against women. Watch her in action (full speech text below the video).
I’m here today to talk to you about something that 96% of people support and over 70% of people think already exists. Over 30 countries have Constitutional provisions for gender equality and the United States is NOT one of them.
“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 ERA is the only Amendment to receive a deadline and when that deadline passed in 1982, it was just 3 states short of ratification. Here’s a little fun fact for you: The most recent Amendment to our Constitution, the 27th Amendment that deals with Congressional salaries, was ratified 200 years after it was first introduced my James Madison.
Well, THIS Madison doesn’t want to have to wait 200 years for equality. There’s a joint resolution in the US House of Representatives right now to remove the deadline for ratification and there’s a bill right now in the NC Senate, S184, to make our state a leader in the cause of equality and strengthening families by adopting the ERA. We can get this done.
S184 is sitting in the rules and operations committee right now and the chairman of that committee refuses to schedule the bill to be heard. Another Senator on this committee said he finds the ERA “problematic” because he thinks Constitutional equality is “another layer of bureaucracy.”
I refuse to accept that men who think I need 72 hours to make decisions about my own healthcare refuse to devote any of their hours to a nonpartisan solution to address pay inequality, workplace discrimination, and violence against women. I refuse to accept the idea that if I get an advanced degree, I could make as much as $2 million less over the course of my career because some people think paying women less is an acceptable business strategy to increase the bottom line. Yeah, you can kiss my bottom line; I won’t stand for that.
I want to make it perfectly clear to the young people who are hearing my words right now; this is our issue. Equality for men and women can’t become a reality unless I start hearing more of you talk about it and seeing you posting about it on social media. Contact your lawmakers. We are the future of this nation and we have to start acting like it.
The ERA isn’t just a women’s issue, but is a human rights issue that affects men and women. The ERA will improve economic security and fairness in our justice system regardless of sex. We can get this done, but only by moving forward together.
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