In the 1970s when the ERA reached Congress, a conservative lawyer/activist by the name of Phyllis Schlafly heavily rallied against the ratification of it. She led a conservative women’s movement because she strongly believed that women were only meant to do traditional domestic roles. Schlafly is the founder and president of the conservative organization, the Eagle Forum and is still alive today at age 91.
In a 2009 interview with Time magazine, when asked what would have happened if the ERA would have been passed during the 1970s, she said the following:
It would have given vast new powers to the federal courts because the Equal Rights Amendment did not define the operative words, which were sex and equality. So what does sex mean? Is it the sex you are, or the sex you do? What does equality mean? Does it mean equality of individual people like the Fourteenth Amendment, or does it mean the equality of a group? In America we really don’t believe in group rights. I think it’s pretty clear that if the Equal Rights Amendment had passed, we would have had same-sex marriage 25 years ago.
“I suspect that if the Equal Rights Amendment would have been ratified during the 1970’s, we not only would have had same-sex marriage being the norm but women everywhere would not be fighting for equal pay today.” – Natalie White
If the ERA would have been passed then, what kind of things do my readers think would have been the norm today? #MarchforERA @NatalieWhiteforEqualRights
ARTIST(S): Natalie White
DATE: April 20, 2016
In collaboration with Wallplay
NATALIE WHITE FOR EQUAL RIGHTS
EXHIBITION – JUNE 5 TO JULY 10 2016
OPENING RECEPTION – SUNDAY JUNE 5 | 4-8PM
New York City- WhiteBox and Wallplay are pleased to present Natalie White for Equal Rights, an interactive multimedia solo exhibition by Natalie White. Dedicated to raising awareness for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A), the show promotes the need for inclusion. “Everybody wins if the E.R.A is passed,” says White. The exhibition serves as a launching platform for a two week march from New York City to Washington, DC, to raise awareness of the Equal Rights Amendment with the mission of educating people about the issue along the way.
The United States is only one of seven countries in the world along with Iran, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and the two Pacific Island nations Palau and Tonga that have not ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination of Women (CEDAW). Known as the International Bill of Rights for Women, CEDAW has been signed and ratified by 187 countries, virtually every other country on Earth. This fact is what inspired White to dedicate her life to getting the E.R.A passed, raising awareness through her art.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY MATTHEW BROOKES
The handsome, Douglas Booth admits that women have been fighting for things all their lives. He even admits to happy being born male, for you are gifted your rights rather than fighting for them.
Douglas answers questions like:
Are you envious of women?
“Women for a long time have had to fight for a lot of things that I was lucky enough to get, unfairly for free, by being born a boy. So I’m not envious of that fight, but admire them for it.”
“Why is it seen in such a manor? Men being given rights from day one, but women having to work for the from day one. Something’s amiss here…Ladies we cannot stand for this any longer. Join me, in the fight for women’s rights. Let’s get the equality we deserve!” – Natalie White for Equal Rights … Artist/Activist
Jackson Katz: “Violence against women—it’s a men’s issue”
Violence against women is a male issue that women suffer from.
“What about all of the boys who are profoundly affected in a negative way by what some adult man is doing against their mother themselves their sisters? What about all those boys? What about all the young men and boys who have been traumatized by adult men’s violence? The same system that produces men who abuse women produces men who abuse other men. Most male victims of violence are the victims of other men’s violence.”
#MarchforERA @NatalieWhiteforEqualRights @WhiteBoxNY
image from The Source Magazine
Let’s think back decades ago when women had no rights at all—not even to vote. Now let’s look at how far, we as women, have come today.
We did not make it to where we are today without hard work, dedication, and a passion to fight for what we wanted. How many times do you think women were turned down? Now, how many times do you think we gave up? Zero.
Russell Simmons says, “People are afraid of failure – they don’t like to work so hard and have people keep saying, ‘No.’ … I think that’s what people fear most”.
Never let the fear of rejection stop you ladies! Keep pushing for what you dream for, and it will happen! Let’s stand together and fight for our rights—taking the word “no” as something that will only make us persevere.
A QUOTE I SUPPORT…
“In Pakistan, when we were stopped from going to school, at that time I realized that education … is the power for women, and that’s why the terrorists are afraid of education.”
– Malala Yousafzai, in an interview with John Stewart on The Daily Show
Vanessa Beecroft – Existential Encounters Between the Models and the Audience
Vanessa Beecroft is a Los Angeles based Italian contemporary female artist, internationally recognized for her large scale performance art that addresses conceptual and aesthetic concerns, and often involves nude female models. Beecroft’s performances stand as existential encounters between the models and audience, which are successfully turned into separate, self sufficient pieces as Beecroft takes photographs and video recordings of her live performances. Each of Beecroft’s performances is created for a specific location and usually references the political, historical, or social associations of the place where it is held. Deceptively simple in its execution, the art of Vanessa Beecroft provokes questions around identity politics and voyeurism in the complex relationship between the viewer, model and the context.