Making Democracy Work

Women's Equality Day August 26, 2018

The League will celebrate Women's Equality Day with a program opened by Brian Hicks. The program will include a talk on why we continue to need an Equal Rights Amendment, and a panel of local activists. Downtown Library, Charleston, SC 29401 at 2:30pm. This event is free, but please RSVP here.

Brian Hicks Opens LWV Equality Day Program

hicks book Brian Hicks, columnist for the Post and Courier, will open the program for the League's Women's Equality Day, speaking on "The Women of Darkest South Carolina". He will refer to his upcoming book on civil rights in SC.

That book can be preordered.

Barbara Fry on the ERA: Let's Get This Done

On August 18th, 1920, women gained the right to vote. But the vote alone was no guarantee of "Equal justice under Law." In 1923, an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was proposed to the Constitution of the United States to do just that. It reads:
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
Fifty years later that dream almost came true. Now, we're closer than ever, with one state more to ratify. Barbara Fry of the LWV's Equal Means ERA Coalition, will give a clear understanding of this missed opportunity, the significant impact the ERA could have in the lives of women today, why women are incredibly vulnerable without it, and how we can add our voices to the cause.

Read a short history of the movement to add US women to our constitution.

An ERA would undergird enforcement of equal pay. Read about the wage gap in SC between men and women's salaries despite the same industry, educational level or the length of service.

Available for Sale at the Meeting

These window decals will be for sale at the program