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Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is Now

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When the Equal Rights Amendment was first passed by Congress in 1972, Richard Nixon was president and All in the Familys Archie Bunker was telling his feisty wife Edith to stifle it. Over the course of the next ten years, an initial wave of enthusiasm led to ratification of the ERA by thirty-five states, just three short of the thirty-eight states needed by the 1982 ...more
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Published January 6th 2015 by The New Press (first published November 4th 2014)
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Anita Fajita Pita
Most likely, if this is on your to-read list, you know the gist of this argument. Most of these arguments will make you mad at the absurdity in how these courts decided specific issues; at how easily the words of law and justice are twisted out of context, in to context, or completely disregarded. Arbitrarily.

The Equal Rights Amendment can help all the people. We The People.

Bottom line: Women need Constitutionally guaranteed protection and recourse for the unfair laws and regulations that are
Because of this books (understandable) focus on constitutional law and SCOTUS cases I wish I had read it while taking constitutional law in college and writing my term paper on the ERA. I learned about Gonzales v Castle Rock for the first time in my life, despite going to high school in Castle Rock shortly after the Supreme Court case was litigated, and was incandescent with rage. I still firmly believe that the ERA should be fully ratified, but I wish the author had looked at the limits of ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Worth the read to get more details but its mostly court cases and lots of legal language, which for the purpose of this book is relevant. ...more
Brad Lucht
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author, using decisions issued by the Supreme Court to buttress her case, makes a strong argument that the Equal Rights amendment needs to be passed. In particular, she demonstrates how the 14th amendment has been twisted by the court so that it only applies to State actions, not to private discrimination. Which is ironic, because the Court has ruled repeatedly that the 13th amendment *does* apply to private actions.

I also found it interesting that it was the Republican party that first
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent information on why we need the Equal Rights Amendment and how the existing laws fall short of protecting women from violence and inequality in the workplace. Explains where the ERA stands now, provides websites for further information and action, and clearly states the need for this long-awaited amendment.
The examples of how some women have suffered because of loopholes in our laws are horrific; they should be a wake-up call for all of us.

Jennifer Mangler
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, feminist
Even though I knew a bit about the history of the ERA, reading this book made me realize I truly did not understand just how necessary it is in our fight for equality. I did not understand just how much the existing laws fall short in dealing with sexism, discrimination, and gender-based violence. Neuwirth really opened my eyes and helped me more fully understand how the ERA will impact our legal system and our society.
Alaina Latourette
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Provides good examples and compelling legal arguments as to why we need an Equal Rights Amendment; illustrating how an ERA could provide Constitutional protection when seeking justice for gender discrimination, pay inequity, pregnancy discrimination and violence against women...a must have reference for activists promoting gender equality.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is about getting the Equal Rights amendment passed. I am strong supporter of this as women should be treated as equals and make the same money for the same job. We are not second class citizens.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is embarrassing that men and women are not seen as equal under the eyes of the government and the law. We have to pass the ERA now.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Important current arguments for getting an equal rights amendment in the constitution for women.
Leslie Goddard
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really nicely succinct laying-out of the primary reasons why we need the ERA. Neuwrith presents a chapter each on a number of common legal issues concerning gender, explains why current laws do not provide protection on each one, and why the ERA might provide the necessary assurance of justice and equality. It's very persuasive and a much-needed rebuttal to those who think women already enjoy equality (they don't). That said, I had a hard time reading this book because it is packed with ...more
T.L. Cooper
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment is Now by Jessica Neuwirth examines the history of the Equal Rights Amendment, why it's necessary, and several common myths regarding the U. S. Constitution and the Equal Rights Amendment including the arguments made for and against and the struggle for ratification. Neuwirth offers examples of the cases that have been brought before the cours and have been decided that highlight repeatedly that the U. S. Constitution does not protect ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This short book educates us first to the fact that the ERA has still not been ratified by 2/3 of states and that America is one of only 7 countries in the entire world with a Constitution that does not explicitly state that men and women are equal. Fortunately, there are only 3 more states needed and ERA proponents are hopeful that there are quite a few states likely to finally pass it. Each chapter covers a different aspect to how women are currently treated legally and how courts all the way ...more
Sheila Denn
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book gives clear and concise (or as concise as you can be when talking about court cases) arguments as to why the Equal Rights Amendment is still necessary. Some surveys have suggested that around 75 percent of people believe that equal rights for women are already in the Constitution -- but they are not. And this has implications in a number of different areas of the law. Cases about various types of sex discrimination have tried to use the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Good overview of the need for the ERA and a case law sans citations approach for anyone who wants to understand why the 14th amendment isnt sufficient. But a little dry, a little preachy at points, and sort of narrow in scope - definitely reads as a bit more second wave feminist, as doesnt really make the case intersectionally. But a thin volume so if you arent already aware of these issues, a good starter book but didnt really add anything except serving as an overview. ...more
Bobbi Mullins
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an important book everyone should read. You'll learn a tremendous amount about the struggle to protect women's rights, just as the law protects men. You'll perhaps be surprised and shocked to find out that the Constitution doesn't give women equal rights, and even the laws that have been passed to do so have mostly been ineffective due to the courts' rulings. In the 1970s an Equal Rights Amendment was passed, but was 3 states short of ratification. The period allotted for ratification ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent history of legal cases involving women's rights. She makes the case for an Equal Rights Amendment. Women have fewer rights than other groups such as African Americans and and LGBT's.
Julie Botnick
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very dense but otherwise highly recommended! She uses case law to make the argument that equal treatment does not mean equality, and that the ERA is necessary to combat the systematic injustice women face as workers, mothers, partners, and leaders. It also details how trial outcomes have led to bandaid legislation that recognizes the holes in our Constitution as a result of the non-recognition of sex and gender in the entire body of work. We need the ERA now, and if you don't agree, you haven't ...more
Bonney Freeman Hughes
Well-presented analysis of legal cases demonstrating the continued need for the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which would ensure equal rights for women and men). Legal cases to this point under the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act have failed to secure equal rights for women; in fact they've done more to enshrine discrimination than to promote equal rights. See
Literary Princess
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 300s-s, feminism
Very revealing. But very dry reading - court case after court case, lots of legalese. Still gave me nightmares (literally) and made me furious. The US simply has to make equal rights a part of our Constitution; it's unthinkable that it's taken this long.
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every woman in America should read this book.
Neuwirth cites real life examples of inequalities that women have suffered.
While there is a lot of legal-speak, she summarizes well and makes a strong case
for passing the Equal Rights Amendment.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Important book to read to see the current arguments for the equal rights amendment.
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