Should Women Have Equal Rights?

United States
April 13, 2010 5:24pm CST
My discussion about the Fairness Doctorine got me thinking that a generation is not familiar with controversies of a generation ago. A few decades back the Equal Rights Amendment almost became part of the Constitution and all it said was that there would be no discrimination based on gender. Well - - should there be an equal rights amendment?
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
13 Apr 10
There are already laws that prohibit discriminaton based on gender. There is also a portion of the constitution that spells out equal protection under the law, coincidentaly called the "equal protection" clause. Amending the constitution was intentionaly made difficult and was intended to be rare. Amenments to the constitution should only be made when clarification is needed and to further restrain government. We should not, nor did our founders intend to, ammend the constitution every time society has a need or there seems to be an inequity in the law.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
13 Apr 10
I am sorry, but I want to answer your question with a question then a statement. Do you think the world is better now than it was before the Equal Rights Amendment? latch key kids, single parents, abortions, kids being raised by tv and video games, obesity, fast food, schools failing, school violence, ridiculous rules and laws........the list goes on and on and on.
• United States
14 Apr 10
Please understand the ERA failed... it is not part of the Constitution. And yes, the world is worse off than ut was.
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
14 Apr 10
You see, I already I know I am better than a lot of men, I dont need a bill to tell me I am trying to show a side that a lot of people dont look at. The world is NOT a better place. thank you Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~Timothy Leary
@anuraa32 (2453)
• India
14 Apr 10
I think everywhere now, or rather in most places now, women have equal rights at least have been given equal rights by law and constitution of the country. Let that be from the right to vote, same pay scales and ownership in parental/ancestral property too. But to come down to the crux of it, we will totally be free only when we consider ourselves so. We will be free only when we dont need the man to protect us from harm all the time. We will be free when we are capable of earning a living. We will be free when we dont look at males as breadwinners, have confidence in ourselves about being able to fend for our family. When we are confident of this, then no male can then make their authority felt. In short, we will be equal only when attitudes change. That is what we need even before ammedments.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
14 Apr 10
But we do need people to stop having outdated ideas that any one gender is better or more deserving or stronger or worth more than the other. I am against feminists too - when they go about claiming supremacy to men.
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@anuraa32 (2453)
• India
15 Apr 10
I agree mommyboo. This is where we need attitude change where one does not consider oneselve superior to the other whether based on gender, caste, class, religion.
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
15 Apr 10
I remember it well. Those opposing the amendment said it was unnecessary and tokenism. I would have been happy to settle for a little tokenism but we couldn't even seem to get that much. I felt good in January when Lily Ledbetter went to the White House and watched the president sign the bill that bore her name but I would have felt even better if the Equal Rights Amendment has passed. In spite of the fact that we have come a long way even without the amendment, I'd still like to see it go into effect someday.
@qamarep (4453)
• Pakistan
14 Apr 10
yes ofcourse they should have but in the most of the societies tehy have got very lesser rights
• Pakistan
14 Apr 10
yeah they should have because nowadays girls have prooved that they can do anything which a man can do.
• Kottayam, India
14 Apr 10
except delivery
@kharlav (1673)
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
yes, I believe there should be. Women can also do what men can. If employers would base their hiring according to the persons gender and probably take the male applicants more then maybe they will miss out taking more potential leaders. God made man and woman equally, though they are not the same in every area, but they both have their strengths and weaknesses. Women, I believe should also get equal wages with men because they do the same things.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
14 Apr 10
There should never have been a QUESTION of 'equal rights'. Of course the genders are equal and always have been, and anybody who believes otherwise is brainwashed or believes untruths. I don't see in any way, shape or form that MEN are any better than women or deserving of more or less anything, or that WOMEN are any better than men or deserving of more or less anything. We do have different strengths and weaknesses but we are still EQUAL. And yes, even if I were a man I would feel the same way.
• China
14 Apr 10
Of course women should have equal rights as men do since they are not inferior to men in any ways, but the society just holds a discrimination against women especially in employment and pay. Women are excluded in many jobs and are paid much lower than men for doing the same job. Companies are reluctant to accept women over 30. Though the law had claimed the equal rights for women, it is not truly like that in reality.
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
14 Apr 10
It should be the case that women have equal rights to men. Some works can be done by women and I also think that there would be a thing that can be done. I hope this racial descrimination will be demolished so that there is no more misunderstanding of the law. It is nice if all must be specific in the law and must be applied what it is in the law provided for. As long as a woman can do what it is the proper way and policy of the company and so with the man it is alright to have fairness. We will have peace in our country if we follow the fair doctrine in equalization.
• United States
14 Apr 10
I think it depends on what you mean by "Equal" "Discrimination" and "Rights" First off, I believe we (women.) should have the right to vote as our own entity, The right to seek out as much education as we desire, And the right to seek out and work toward any job we deem right for us. A job comes down to a personal choice, and we should not be restricted. However, I as a woman also believe this has gone too far. I often feel like I am thought of as a less than diligent member of society if I am anything less than a mother, wife, and successful career woman. That isn't right. In very few cases it can be done successfully without having detrimental effects on children or either adult involved in the family. But it shouldn't be forbidden, because there are situations where it is necessary, and is a better option than mom staying at home. We shouldn't limit those women. But I think all people need to come to understand that just because you think YOU turned out ok with a mom who worked outside the home, or you think YOU are something special that you can do it without detrimental effects on your kids, doesn't mean other women can or should be expected to. There is nothing wrong with being a stay at home mom. And they should be respected as the super hard workers they are. In this society, I don't think they are respected. I think that is where our "fight for equality" has gone too far. Also needing to be addressed, I'm aware there are sexist issues with women being unable to advance to high careers thanks to gender, but I do not think anything should be legally done about it, unless there is overwhelming evidence of such action, because companies and government agencies could be forced to hire a less qualified individual in order to meet said laws. (with a police force, Hospital, or Fire department, you want to be helped by the person who was best for the job, rather than by someone who was hired simply to meet such legal standards.) In end, I think we need "Equal rights" Because only we (each as individuals) can decide what limits and expectations we will abide by. Society shouldn't. And I don't think men and women are "Equals" Because we aren't Each have their own pro's and cons. Etc :P
• Philippines
13 Apr 10
Actually, women have equal rights. On the other hand, I also believe that the phrase in your constitution is very much categorical. It can be interpreted in many ways. I don't know America but here in the Philippines women are given equal rights. In addition, the glass ceiling had been broken long ago.