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International Women’s Day | Connecting Oregon & the World

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Could an Equal Rights Amendment be the next feather in the cap of Oregon’s tradition of bold global leadership? Daily we read about the violation of women’s rights across the globe: rights to education, freedom from fear, the right to participate fully in the political, economic and cultural life of neighborhood and nation – yet there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that guarantees women the same rights as men. Women in this country still earn 77 cents for every dollar a man makes; in The World Economic Forum's 2013 Global Gender Gap report ranking 134 countries for gender parity  the U.S. came in at number 23, behind Burundi (and a point lower than the previous year’s index); and the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that refuses to ratify the UN Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) – putting us in the company of Sudan, Somalia, and Iran,  three nations known for their human rights violations.

How might VoteERA – which would ratify equal rights of women in the Oregon constitution—make a difference, beyond our backyards?  Currently a federal ERA is three states shy of the votes needed to become part of the U.S. Constitution – and could go a long way toward improving our human rights standing in the global community. Could it be that the old dictum to “think globally, act locally” means that a global revolution begins at home? Join us for this reception and an exciting discussion with Leanne Littrell DiLorenzo, Founder and President of VoteERA.org in commemoration of International Women’s Day.

 

Presented in conjunction with the 2014 International Speaker Series – “Women Changing the World.”



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