“Do you have any idea what year it is? Did you fall
down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950s or the 1890s? Should we call
for a doctor? Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015,
the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund
women’s health care centers. You know, on second thought, maybe I
shouldn’t be that surprised. The Republicans have had a plan for years
to strip away women’s rights to make choices over our own bodies. Just
look at the recent facts.” Elizabeth
The Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination
Against Women (CEDAW) is an international bill of rights for women that has set
the standard achieving equality between men and women around the world.
One hundred eighty six countries have ratified CEDAW since the United
Nations' General Assembly approved it on December 18, 1979. Of all the
UN treaties, only the Convention on the Rights of the Child boasts more
signatories. Seven member-states of the United Nations have yet to
ratify it: Iran, Nauru, Palau, Somalia, Sudan, Tonga - and the United
States. This makes the US the only industrialized democracy in the
world that has not ratified CEDAW. Why? Why hasn’t the US ratified
CEDAW? What impact would CEDAW has in the US? While few Americans have
even heard of this treaty, CEDAW has been on the American political
agenda for the past thirty years. President Carter signed it in 1980
and since then Senate has held hearings on CEDAW ratification five
times - in 1988, 1990, 1994, 2000 and 2010. Each time senators have
failed to bring the ratification question to a vote on the Senate
floor. The failure to ratify CEDAW surprises those who assume that the
United States is a world leader when it comes to women’s rights."
Lisa Baldez 2011. (Download her paper.)
"I did try and f*ck her. She was married. And I moved on her very heavily"
20 years ago today -- due to the leadership of then Senator
Joe Biden and countless others -- the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
was passed. It put in place vital measures to stop domestic violence.
Since VAWA was enacted in 1994, incidents of violence have fallen by
more than 50 percent. That’s a huge step forward.
But despite the legislation’s resounding success, violence against
women remains a real problem -- in our military, on college campuses,
and in homes across the country.
And yet the majority of Republicans
in Congress are against the bill.
In fact, they blocked its funding for more than 500 days.
That’s why -- on the 20th anniversary of VAWA -- we’re declaring our
continued commitment to ending domestic violence. And we’re
that Republicans stop blocking our efforts once and for all. Add your name to
demand an end to violence against women
Paycheck Fairness Act (4/11/2013)
EVERY SINGLE House Republican
just voted to block the Paycheck
This bill is critical to helping close the wage gap for women in
the workplace, but Republicans don’t think that’s an
issue worth caring about.
We’ve got more work to do to get this bill passed. Will you
step up and help make sure that women receive
equal pay for equal work?
The Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
(CEDAW), also known as the Treaty for Women's Equality, is a landmark
international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human
rights and equality for women around the world. CEDAW is a practical
blueprint for each country to achieve progress for women and girls.
Ratification of CEDAW strengthens the United States as a
global leader in standing up for women and girls. To date, 187 out of
194 countries have ratified the treaty. The
United States is one of only seven countries—including Iran, Sudan,
South Sudan, Somalia, and two small Pacific Island nations (Palau and
Tonga)—that have not yet ratified CEDAW. (CEDAW2014)