After a hundred years of organizing, action by the Virginia Assembly gave the Equal Rights Amendment the support of the necessary three-quarters of the states required to amend the U.S. Constitution. First the Trump Administration and now the Biden Administration have failed to act to recognize this momentous victory by permitting the National Archivist to publish the ERA's ratification in the Federal Register.
Meanwhile, the ever growing encroachment of gender ideology has given some feminists pause that the strict scrutiny afforded protected classes identified by the U.S. Constitution will work to undermine the sex-based rights of women to privacy, dignity and protections from male violence. Among these advocates are those who have partnered with women across the political spectrum to advocate for a Women's Bill of Rights guaranteeing the protection of intermediate scrutiny and disparate treatment when a compelling governmental interest (protecting women from men's violence) argues for sex-based distinctions under the law. Advocates of the ERA argue that strict scrutiny is imperative in order not only to advance women’s rights but also to safeguard those that currently exist.
Join us for this event, June 18th at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific, where EqualMeansEqual's Wendy Murphy and GASBR's cochair Ann Menasche will discuss these approaches and the strategies demanded of us to advance the liberation of women in the 21st Century.
For more than fifteen years, Wendy Murphy has served as adjunct professor of sexual violence law at New England Law|Boston, where she also co directs the Women’s and Children’s Advocacy Project under the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. A former Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Wendy prosecuted child abuse and sex crimes cases for many years.
In 1992 she founded the first organization in the nation to provide pro bono legal services to crime victims.
Wendy is an impact litigator whose work in state and federal courts has changed the law to better protect the constitutional and civil rights of victimized women and children. Wendy writes and lectures widely on the constitutional and civil rights of women and children, and criminal justice policy. She is a contributing editor for The Sexual Assault Report, and writes a regular column for The Patriot Ledger. Wendy has published numerous scholarly articles including a landmark law review article explaining the legal relationship between sexual assault on campus and Title IX. Dubbed the “Goddaughter of Title IX” by the “Godmother of Title IX,” Dr. Bernice Sandler, Wendy’s impact litigation in the area of campus sexual assault, beginning in the early 1990s, includes groundbreaking victories against Harvard College in 2002, and Harvard Law School and Princeton University in 2010, which cases led the way to widespread awareness and reforms, including the well-known April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter.
Ann is a civil rights attorney, fighting for many decades both in the courts and in the streets for the rights of poor people, unhoused people, women, people of color and people with disabilities. She is also a grassroots activist, a socialist, a radical lesbian feminist and a long time Green Party member. She is a founding member of the national radical feminist organization, Feminists in Struggle. https://feministstruggle.org/ and a cochair of the newly formed Green Party Alliance for Sex based rights.
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