My mother not only raised four girls to become strong women, she also helped us with my two daughters. She did this in a time when women were expected to stay home and raise the children, volunteer at school and church functions and obey their husbands.
She always questioned what she was told to do. My mother taught us that we could do anything we set our minds to achieve. She worked hard, especially when the Equal Rights Amendment was attempted. She stood and cried with the other mothers and women at the candlelight vigil when the ERA was not enacted. She is sad because she will be 81 this year and she knows she will never see an Equal Rights Amendment.
My mother, like so many her age, know that our children will be the ones to suffer for the actions taken or not taken today. So I urge all women and men to contact their representatives and insist on an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. Equality of rights shall not be denied or abridged by any state on account of sex. For our mothers, for our daughters, for ourselves; let's make 2012 the year that women in America received equal rights under our Constitution.