Thursday, August 27, 2015


Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace and Justice.

What’s at stake? “Percentage of U.S. women who believe they have a personal responsibility to help the worse off: 42.  Of U.S. men: 27.”  “Harper’s Index,” Harper’s Magazine (April 2013). 
Why do women seek the equity they deserve in the US, a central goal of women’s liberation, by pushing for military combat equality?  They gain so little via the killing code and profession, and lose so much for our entire society and the world as caretakers.

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See:  UN International Day of Women March 8, Women’s Equal Pay Day April 17 (sent April 8), Domestic Violence Awareness Month October, and related Newsletters.

#1-4 2011-14 AT END (19th Amendment and more)

OMNI’S Women’s Equality DAY #5, August 26, 2015

Women and the UN Google Search

Women’s Equality Day 2015 Google Search
League of Women Voters, Celebrate the 19th Amendment
Equal Rights Amendment Campaign
Pilisuk and Rountree, The Hidden Structure of Violence
Credo, Heidi Hess: Women, Affordable Care Act, and Insurance Companies
Military Combat for Women
     Dick, Ranger School and Front Line Combat for Women
     Heidi Hess, Military Justice Improvement Act v. Rape and Assault
     PBS, “Independent Lens”: The Invisible War Documentary on Rape in the
     Culver, Women Vets Return from War: PTSD, Recovering, Adjusting

WOMEN AND THE UN Google Search, August 23, 2015
UN Women
UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN ...
UN Women
It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment: Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)
Girls in #Brazil's Sao Paolo find escape & empowerment through ballet via @reuters
#Uganda outlaws custom of repaying bride price, making it easier for women to leave abusive marriages: @takepart

Safak Pavey is the 1st woman w/ disabilities to become a parliamentarian in #Turkey
UN support for the rights of women began with the Organization's founding Charter. Among the purposes of the UN declared in Article 1 of its Charter is “To ...  United Nations
WomenWatch is the United Nations Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women. WomenWatch contains UN Information and resources ... › ... › Gender and peacekeeping United Nations
The role of women in the UN Peacekeeping family and why it is important to havewomen in our police, military and civilian staff. Nations
WomenWatch, UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment ofWomen. Nations
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In the news
Growing calls for a woman to lead the United Nations reflect not only an appeal for gender ...
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WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY USA AUGUST 26, 2015, Google Search, August 23, 2015

1.    Wednesday, August 26
Women's Equality Day 2015 National Women's History Project
At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women's Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate ...
Women's Equality Day commemorates the certification of the 19th ... for nations to achieve by 2015, several of which deal directly with empowering women.
National Women's History Museum
Celebrate Equality Day – August 26th! August 26th is the anniversary of national woman suffrage. Across the seventy-two years between the first major women's ...'s_Equality_Day
Women's Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country. Wed, Aug 26 Anniversary of 19th ...
Women's Equality Day commemorates 26th August 1920 when votes to women officially became part of the US constitution. This day marks a turning point in › ... › Women's Equality Day
Every president has published a proclamation for Women's Equality Day since 1971 when legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug.
In the news
KSWO - 3 days ago
While Women's Equality Day is not until August 26, individuals at Fort Sill chose to celebrate ... - 3 days ago
American Association of University Women - 3 days ago

Celebrate Women's Equality Day with our Fun Quiz
Elisabeth MacNamara, League of Women Voters via 
6:44 am (1 day ago)
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League of Women Voters
Ninety-five years ago today, after decades of tireless advocacy, women finally won the right to vote with the certification of the 19th Amendment!

It took just over a year after Congress approved the 19th Amendment for the required two-thirds of states to ratify the amendment and enshrine women’s right to vote in our Constitution. During this final push, Carrie Chapman Catt, leader of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded the League of Women Voters to “finish the fight,” and educate millions of women about the power of their votes.
Take our quiz on the 19th Amendment
Test your knowledge of the 19th Amendment and learn more about the fight for women's suffrage in the U.S. with our interactive quiz!
The trajectory of American history has always been to greater, not less, freedom. But Making Democracy Work® has never been easy, nor is it ever finished. And as such, the fight Catt charged us with in 1920 continues today: ensuring that every eligible voter has free and fair access to the polls.

The 19th Amendment opened the democratic process to 23 million women in 1920 – do you know how many of them turned out later that year? Find out and learn more about the fight for the 19th Amendment through our fun quiz!

In 1920, the League was founded as an outgrowth of this vital movement. From the beginning, the League has sought to strengthen our democracy by empowering voters to engage with their government and to tackle the most important issues in our communities, states and nation. Today, we are building on this legacy by working to keep the power of our democracy in the hands of the people.

The fight for universal voting rights continues today, so as we mark this historic anniversary, we are reminded how valuable our right to vote remains.

Thank you for Making Democracy Work®.
Elisabeth MacNamara
Elisabeth MacNamara
President, League of Women Voters
League of Women Voters
1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-429-1965




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EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT CAMPAIGN, Google Search, May 10, 2015 (Mother’s Day)
1.   ERA: Home
by Jessica Neuwirth, Esq., Executive Director, ERA Coalition ... that when three more states vote yes, this non-traditional process could withstand legal challenge ...
By the Congressionally imposed deadline of June 30, 1982, however, no additional states had voted yes, and the ERA fell three states short of ratification.
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The 15 states that have not yet ratified the Equal Rights Amendment are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri,  ...
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Help the ERA Summit and National Woman's Party promote ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing equal rights for women ...
3.   ERA: FAQ
The proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the United States Constitution ....Why are these 15 states being asked to ratify the ERA based on a "three-state  ...
Jump to Congressional extension of ratification deadline - [edit]. In 1978—as the 1979 deadline approached—the 95th Congress adopted House Joint ...
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Sep 12, 2014 - Thousands of women are expected to rally on the west lawn of the Capitol on Saturday for women's equality, voting rights and ratification of the ...
MAP of the ratified, UNratified states. See Equal Rights Amendment--You Don't Have IT! Nationwide now-flourishing Equal Rights Amendment enrages, ...
The following states have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA): Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Louisiana; Mississippi;  ... › ... › Equal Rights Amendment Index
Equal Rights Amendment history: a year-by-year list of when states ratified the ERA. Thirty-five states voted 'yes' on the amendment. Find out when states ratified ... › About Education › Women's History
Thirty-five states ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution from 1972 to 1978. The proposed amendment was passed by both houses of ...
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Mar 22, 2012 - Only 35 states ratified the E.R.A. by the 1979 deadline, three short of the necessary 38. Congress extended the deadline by three years, but no  ...
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Pilisuk and Rountree, The Hidden Structure of Violence
Thesis: “Although individual acts of violence are readily noticed, there is often a pattern underlying them that is less obvious.  Violence is not adequately understood by the examination of occurrences of specific violent behavior.  Rather. . .beneath these phenotypic events there lies a genotypic pattern, often hidden, that is a fundamental factor in its occurrence.” (80).
“Systemic Violence against Women and Children” (92-).
“The incidence of sexual slavery and human trafficking among poor women and children represents yet another form of structural violence enhanced by the global economy” (i.e., the dominant economic system).  “The United Nations estimates that there are currently 57 million female and child prostitutes.”  P & R give as an example the sexual exploitation by the US military occupation of the Philippines.  Also see 36 sexual assaults, 74 sexual abuse during wars, 93-4 human trafficking, 94 Violence against Women Act, 96-6 AIDS and HIV.

Heidi Hess, CREDO Action via

to James  5-10-15

CREDO action
Tell insurance companies:
"Stop denying women access to the full range of health care coverage guaranteed to them under the Affordable Care Act. It’s illegal and it’s wrong."
Add your name:
Dear Dick,
Hold insurance companies accountable
The Affordable Care Act made historic advances in coverage of women’s health care. But insurance companies are keeping many women from accessing the coverage they deserve.
The National Women’s Law Center just released two reports that show how insurance companies across the country are failing to cover the range of women’s health care mandated by the ACA.1, 2 It’s not just wrong, it’s against the law.
Insurance company violations of the Affordable Care Act take far too many health care options off the table for women. The National Women’s Law Center looked at plans offered by 100 insurance companies in 15 states and found that more than half of them were violating the ACA. Such a widespread pattern of noncompliance makes it more than likely that the problems are systemic and nationwide.
Here are some of the ways that women are being left out:
Birth control: Companies are either not covering all FDA-approved methods of birth control; demanding out-of-pocket costs for them; or limiting coverage to generic birth control. Companies are also charging co-payments for, or limiting access to, the counseling and follow-up visits that are a normal part of birth control use.
Maternity and postnatal coverage: Some companies arbitrarily limit maternity benefits, including only covering a single ultrasound during the pregnancy. They also exclude maternity coverage for dependents and restrict it outside of the plan’s service area. After birth, they limit breastfeeding education or access to breast pumps.
Preventive and well-woman services: Companies are requiring co-pays for preventive care and limiting the frequency of well-woman visits. They are also limiting the scope of gynecological exams.
In addition, insurers are failing to provide non-discriminatory coverage by denying or restricting coverage for pregnancy, restricting coverage based on a woman’s age, and excluding coverage related to gender transition.
When the National Women’s Law Center worked with local activists to confront insurers in several states, the insurers made changes to bring their plans into compliance with the ACA. But we know that they would never have made the changes on their own.
The more of us who speak out, the more pressure insurance companies will feel to stop breaking the law and provide real, equitable coverage to women. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Thanks for standing up for women’s health.
Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
Add your name:
1.     State of Women’s Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act,” National Women’s Law Center, April 2015.
2.     State of Birth Control Coverage: Health Plan Violations of the Affordable Care Act,” National Women’s Law Center, April 2015.



Why do women seek the equity they deserve in the US, a central goal of women’s liberation, by pushing for military combat equality?  They gain so little via the killing code and profession, and lose so much for our entire society and the world by rejecting that much of the responsibility to nurture the world, help the weak and victims, care for the sick and powerless.  -- Dick

“Army Ranger School Sees First Two Women to Pass.”  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (August 19, 2015). 
     “…becoming the first women to complete the grueling combat training program and earn the right to wear Ranger tabs on their uniforms.”  However, wearing the tab “does not let them become members of the Ranger regiment.”  Completing the “leadership course” is “part of the U.S. military’s push to open more combat jobs to women.  But the toughest jobs remain closed to female soldier….”  “Today about 220,000 positions are open only to men.”  But former Army officer Sue Fulton, “who in 1980 was among the first women to graduate from West Point, celebrated the news as another milestone toward ending gender barriers in the military.”  “Women have for years played increasingly significant roles in combat.”
     But does the goal of achieving gender equality in all areas of US society trump that of seeking a humane, caring, nonviolent, non-militaristic society?   Both men and women can choose nonviolent, conscientious objection to war, particularly to the indefensible because unnecessary, illegal, and immoral US wars since 1945.   And women have traditionally provided our society the values of caring and nurturing.  That the Pentagon would suppress those values under the guise of expanding equality offers more loss than gain.   --Dick

Heidi    12-1-14 Heitkamp via 

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Heidi for Senate

This is horrifying, Dick –
Support our troops! Demand Congress pass the Military Justice Improvement Act! Add your name.A Department of Defense report shows that as many as eight in 10 victims of military sexual assault don’t trust the chain of command enough to report the atrocious crimes committed against them.
I cringe when I hear statistics like this, but these are the facts: The current system doesn’t work.
We need to take immediate action to secure justice for our troops. The Military Justice Improvement Act would put independent military prosecutors in charge of sexual assault cases, ensuring that victims can speak freely without fear of retribution. Help us pass this important bill now: Add your name to support justice for our military.
As North Dakota’s attorney general, I saw the damage done to victims of sexual assault up close. But few cases in the military even reach prosecution, because the victims can’t trust that the current system will bring them justice or protect them from retribution.
With so many assaults and such little justice for victims, this couldn’t be more urgent. We need to pass legislation showing the men and women of the military that we stand with them.
Thank you,  Heidi

The Invisible War | Documentary about Rape in the US Military - PBS, INDEPENDENT LENS, Monday, January 6, 2014.  Nominated for an Oscar.

Mon May 27, 2013 7:56 am (PDT) . Posted by:
"David Culver" mplsstreetrwy,  Veterans for Peace
> “Service: When Women Come Marching Home,” a new documentary, chronicles the stories of eight military women, including their struggles with sexual assaults and serious wounds and the challenges of returning from war to family life.
> Film shows challenges of female veterans
> Military Sexual Assaults Spike Despite Efforts To Combat Epidemic
> Hal Bernton, Seattle (WA) Times


CONTENTS of #1 2011
Republican War on Women
Gender Justice USA
Equal Rights Amendment
ERA in Arkansas
Books, Films, Plays
UN Support of Women
Great Women:
 Wangari Maathai
 Terry O’Neill
US Aid to Yemen: To Military or Women?
19th Amendment
Title VII
Title IX

Contents of #2 2012
19th Amendment
President Obama
Huffington Post
Women and the UN
Feminist Films
Global Victims
Violence Against Women Act
Feminist Heroines
Lily Ledbetter
The Hunger Games
Margaret Fuller
US Action Plan March 2012

Contents #3 2013
President Obama’s 2013 Proclamation
Library of Articles
WAND: US National Action Plan
National Women’s History Museum
WORD: Women Organized to Resist and Defend
League of Women Voters
Burns, Women in Combat
Bourgeois, Support for Ordination of Women
Film, “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth”

Contents of Women’s Equality Day Newsletter #4 2014
WAND Webinar August 26, Using Law to Empower Women
NOW Celebrates the DAY
Women’s Equality Day, Google Search
United Nations
Tomgram, Susan Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me