St. Petersburg Times Online: News of Florida
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
  • River restoration project risks snag in Legislature
  • Bills would let hospitals bypass law
  • Shuttle Disaster: Shuttle reliability debated
  • House bill aims to do away with FHSAA
  • Broward man arrested in sex case
  • Legislature: Vision testing for older drivers clears panel
  • Around the state: State to seek land swap with Miccosukee tribe
  • House salutes voucher bill for those serving in military
  • Equal Rights Amendment push renewed

  • From the state wire

  • Hurricane Jeanne appears on track to hit Florida's east coast
  • Rumor mill working overtime after Florida hurricanes
  • Developments associated with Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne
  • Four killed in Panhandle plane crash were on Ivan charity mission
  • Hurricane Frances caused estimated $4.4 billion in insured damage
  • Disabled want more handicapped-accessible voting machines
  • USF forces administrators to resign over test score changes
  • Man's death at Universal Studios ruled accidental
  • State child welfare workers in Miami fail to do background checks
  • Hurricane Jeanne heads toward southeast U.S. coast
  • Hurricane Jeanne spurs more anxiety for storm-weary Floridians
  • Mistrial declared in case where teen was target of racial "joke"
  • Panhandle utility wants sewer plant moved to higher ground
  • State employee arrested on theft, bribery charges
  • Homestead house fire kills four children, one adult
  • Pierson leader tries to cut off relief to local fern cutters
  • Florida's high court rules Terri's law unconstitutional
  • Jacksonville students punished for putting stripper pole in dorm
  • FEMA handling nearly 600,000 applications for help
  • Man who killed wife, niece, self also killed mother in 1971
  • Producer sues city over lead ball fired by Miami police
  • Tourism suffers across Florida after pummeling by hurricanes
  • Key dates in the life of Terri Schiavo
  • An excerpt from the unanimous ruling in the Schiavo case
  • Four confirmed dead after small plane crash in Panhandle
  • Correction: Disney-Cruise Line story
  • tampabay.com
    Back
    Print story Reuse or republish Subscribe to the Times

    Equal Rights Amendment push renewed

    Activists rally outside the Capitol for companion bills to ratify the 31-year-old women's rights measure.

    By JULIE HAUSERMAN, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published March 26, 2003


    TALLAHASSEE -- With American women fighting in Iraq, Florida activists on Tuesday revived a long-dormant effort to get an Equal Rights Amendment added to the U.S. Constitution.

    "If women are being allowed to fight in our armed forces, then those women should be given the constitutional rights that they deserve," said Joan Hinden, a 68-year-old activist who traveled to Tallahassee Tuesday from her home in Tamarac.

    At a small rally outside the Capitol, lawmakers unveiled bills (HB 615 and SB 116) that would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Florida.

    Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, is sponsoring the measure in the House. Both Republicans and Democrats have signed onto Joyner's bill, and it has 23 co-sponsors, including 10 men. St. Petersburg Republican Rep. Frank Farkas is among them.

    The goal is to add these words to the U.S. Constitution: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

    Congress approved that wording in 1972. Both the Republican and Democratic parties included it in their platforms. But, to add it to the Constitution, 38 states must ratify it. Only 35 states ratified it by the 1982 deadline.

    Now, supporters say the 35 ratifications are still valid, though that question will probably end up in court. Organizers are looking to get three more states to ratify the ERA. They want Florida to be one of the states.

    "I'd be embarrassed if my sons were members of the Legislature and they voted against this -- against me," said Rep. Nancy Detert, R-Venice.

    One former Florida House speaker, Ralph Haben, told organizers Tuesday that he regrets voting against the ERA in the Legislature 20 years ago.

    "I look back at that vote, and it's probably the one vote I would change," said Haben, now a lobbyist.

    So far, neither ERA bill has been assigned to a committee. But the Florida effort's main organizer, 68-year-old Sandy Oestreich of St. Petersburg, said ERA supporters plan to lobby lawmakers.

    Republican Rep. Donna Clarke of Sarasota said women aren't treated equally with men, especially in pay. Nationwide, she said, a job that pays a man $50,000 a year pays a woman $37,500.

    Print story Reuse or republish Subscribe to the Times

    Back to State news
    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
     
    Special Links
    Lucy Morgan


    From the Times state desk