What: NAWL Book Club featuring Equal Means Equal 


    When the Equal Rights Amendment was first passed by Congress in 1972, Richard Nixon was president and All in the Family’s 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 deadline. Many of the arguments against the ERA that historically stood in the way of ratification have gone the way of bouffant hairdos and Bobby Riggs, and a new Coalition for the ERA was recently set up to bring the experience and wisdom of old-guard activists together with the energy and social media skills of a new-guard generation of women.

    In a series of short, accessible chapters looking at several key areas of sex discrimination recognized by the Supreme Court, Equal Means Equal tells the story of the legal cases that inform the need for an ERA, along with contemporary cases in which women’s rights are compromised without the protection of an ERA. Covering topics ranging from pay equity and pregnancy discrimination to violence against women, Equal Means Equal makes abundantly clear that an ERA will improve the lives of real women living in America.

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    Where: Teleconference

    When: March 28, 2017 | 3 PM EST

    Registration Costs: FREE - Register Now!

    Speaker Information:



    Jessica Neuwirth is the president of the ERA Coalition, an organization working to support passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She is one of the founders of Equality Now, an international human rights organization aiming to end violence and discrimination against women.

    She has also worked for Amnesty International, the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, and has served as a consultant on sexual violence to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, helping win landmark decisions recognizing rape as a form of genocide.

    As a guest lecturer in 2005, she taught international women’s rights at Harvard Law School. As Special Advisor on Sexual Violence to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2010, she organized the UN high-level panel on reparations for victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is the author of Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment is Now, which explores historical and contemporary women’s rights cases related to topics including pay equity, pregnancy discrimination, and violence against women.

    Ms. Neuwirth holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history from Yale University.

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