"We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever."
Declaration of Rights for Women, Susan B. Anthony July 1876
"There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers."
Susan B. Anthony
Defining Equal Rights...
Equal pay for equal work.
Freedom from stereotyping and bigotry.
Equal stature in society.
ALL the rights granted the law (which includes the Constitution and the rights guaranteed abortion/reproductive rights).
Equal Opportunities for work.
Equal access to knowledge.
Equal expectations of performance standards.
Equal access to health: doctors, emergency room status, etc.
Equal expectation of safety on the street and in the workplace.
Equal expectations of non-discrimation and harrassment in the workplace.
Equal opportunity for medical leave upon a birth of a child.
Equal opportunity to leave upon the birth or adoption of a child in order to prepare for a family adjustment.
Equal time off for arranging care of a spouse, child, or parent with a critical or degenerative health condition.
Equal opportunity to be considered for alternate or associate jobs when unable to perform current position due to health or other immediate problem.
Equal access to all property and moneys, excluding when having chosen prenuptial agreements, after marriage and until frozen by a legal authority for the purpose of divorce.
Equal opportunity to resolve grievances with employers before resorting to legal assistance by a guarantee that there will be an objective counsel within the
workplace to make problems heard and handled.
Equal opportunity for additional work, overtime pay, work privileges and fringe benefits.
Equal right to have a daycare on the premises of any white collar and any other feasible career where the parent may be able to spend a lunch or break time with their child.
Equal opportunity for unmarried parents in the workplace.
Discuss What Equal Rights means with us here
Because a Woman's Work is Never Done Manifesto*
Because a woman's work is never done.
and is underpaid, or unpaid, or boring, or repetitious,
and we're the first to get fired,
and what we look like is more important than what we do.
And if we get raped its our fault
and if we get beaten we must have provoked it
and if we raise our voices we're nagging bitches
and if we enjoy sex we're nymphos
and if we don't we're frigid
and if we love women it's because we can't get a real man
and if we ask our doctor too many questions we're neurotic or pushy
and if we expect childcare we're selfish
and if we stand up for our rights we're aggressive and un-feminine
and if we don't we're typical weak females
and if we want to get married we're out to trap a man
and if we don't we're unnatural
and because we still can't get an adequate, safe contraceptive, but men
can walk on the moon
and if we can't cope or don't want a pregnancy we're made to feel guilty
and for lots and lots of other reasons
we are part of the women's liberation movement...
- Joyce Stevens, written for Women's Liberation Broadsheet,
International Woman's Day, 1975.*