Roe vs. Wade has been struck down by the Supreme Court. Women and their allies in the US need to see this as a defining moment: if we are not present in holding our government accountable, we cannot expect to be invulnerable to change. Miranda is being gutted. Contraception and same sex marriages are apparently coming up. Do we lose the right to privacy in our home next?
Women in the US already have less rights over their own bodies than women in many other countries. It is not about abortion and whether you believe in it or not, but it is about a woman’s (and a couple’s) right to make significant safe and informed life choices. Separation of church and state is a foundation for this country – and no religious consideration can be allowed to inform our legal decisions. This is a call to action – think for yourself, talk with others, understand that our bodies are our own – help men step up, discuss this as well, and take full responsibility for the children they generate. With DNA testing, we now know who the fathers are. If un-affordable, unwanted babies are to join our society – let us then fund health, education, childcare, and all of the services needed to build up children into high-functioning, proud American Citizens.
Men who helped create the babies must become equal partners in the care of the children, covering costs, health care, education, responsibility at all levels, and be obliged to act as full fathers. Any man whose DNA is present in a child is fully responsible for that child.
WE SAVED THE SALARY RANGE LAW
BREAKING NEWS: April 28, 2022
We are thrilled to report that advocates prevailed and stopped major rollbacks to the NYC Salary Range Law (LL32)! Today the NYC Council passed Int 134A – which makes minimal changes to LL32.
Learn more HERE.
Appeals Court Rules Against EME on Standing
On the eve of our nation’s celebration of liberty for all, a federal court has ruled that not only can women not celebrate being equal, they do not even have the right to fight for their equal rights in court!
A three judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals said on June 29, 2021 that women’s organizations and women individually or as a group do not have the right to invoke the jurisdiction of the court to hear our case seeking a Court Order to force the U.S. Archivist to publish the Equal Rights Amendment, the “ERA.”
We will seek further review of this outrageous decision by the full First Circuit Court of Appeals. How can any court rule that women as a class have no standing to even SPEAK in court when the government unlawfully blocks women from achieving equal protection of the law — even after the ERA was ratified by the necessary 38 states on January 27, 2020?
Over 46 million women voted for President Biden and Vice President Harris, in part because they explicitly stated during their campaign that they support the ERA being published in the Constitution!
Yet, for five months, President Biden has allowed his Department of Justice to continue to fight against the ERA, using the Bill Barr / Trump playbook, in this federal case and in the other one brought by the last three states to ratify the ERA: Arizona, Illinois and Virginia. These states have their case on appeal in the D.C. Court of Appeals, after also being told they didn’t have standing to force the Archivist to publish the ERA!
So, Equal Means Equal has been protesting as ERA Sentinels outside of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. for several weeks. We need many more women to join us in this visible protest! If you cannot make the trip yourself, you can donate to give unemployed women part-time work to help organize and join in the protest.
They are all together, with one voice, holding signs and chanting outside the DOJ, “What do we want? ERA! When do we want it? Yesterday!”
This piece from Equal Means Equal goes on, but click above to see more.
NFBPWC-NYC is proud to share our newly elected International representatives for 2021-2024:
* President: Dr Catherine Bosshart
* Imm. Past President: Dr Amany Asfour; * 1st VP UN: Chularat Israngkool Na Ayutthaya
* 2nd VP Membership: Guiseppa Seidita; * Exec. Secretary: Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla
* Exec. Finance Officer: Eufemia Ippolito; * Young BPW Representative: Tomi Odunsi Fadina
* Africa: Hadia Gondiji; * Asia-Pacific: Narudee Kiengsiri
* Europe: Anu Viks; * Latin America: Diana Barragan
* N. America & the Caribbean: Dawne Williams
Congratulations to the newly elected Standing Committee Chairs of BPW International for 2021-2024:
* Agriculture Chair: Cristina Gorajdki Visconti* Arts and Culture Chair: Sher Singh* Business, Trade and Technology Chair: Paz Marting Lozano* Development, Training and Employment Chair: Francesca Burack* Environment and Sustainable Development Chair: Angela Donato* Health Chair: Naglaa Lofty* Legislation Chair: Stella Kammitsi* Projects Chair: Naphaphen Vejjajiva (Deon)* Public Relations Chair: Dana Marcela SAS
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Our network exists in 110 countries over 5 continents through the national network NFBPWC-USA and the International Federation BPW International. The importance of our work is reflected in the fact that we hold a consultative role in the United Nations on various women issues. We attend the yearly Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at a UN Delegate level.
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