Barefoot and pregnant, right Greg Gianforte?

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

That’s some controversial stuff there: the same rights for women as for men.

The Equal Rights Amendment was proposed in 1972 and Montana ratified the amendment in 1974. But it needed 38 states for ratification and by the 1979 deadline had but 31. Congress extended the deadline to 1982 but by then only 35 states had ratified it.

Virginia came on board in January, 2020 (along with earlier ratification by Nevada and Illinois) becoming the 38th state. It was past the deadline, though, putting the amendment in the U.S. House for consideration. From NPR:

The U.S. House has voted to remove the deadline on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment in an attempt to revive the amendment. The 232-183 vote fell largely along party lines with five Republicans supporting the measure and zero Democrats opposing it.

Guess who joined with the Republican majority in denying women equal rights? That would be your Congressman, Greg Gianforte. Here’s the vote tabulation. Now it goes to the Senate, where it will languish on McConnell’s desk:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said earlier this month that he’s “personally not a supporter” of the amendment, and the Trump administration’s Office of Legal Counsel has said that it considers the ERA “expired.”    

I’ll not attempt to mansplain here but women voting for Gianforte would be like African-Americans voting for neo-Nazi former presidential candidate David Duke.

If you believe a woman should have equal pay for equal work, have paid maternity leave and child-care support, for legislation to end violence against women, and to have control over her own health care decisions, there’s no need for me to tell you how to vote.


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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.


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  • I appreciate the hectoring provided by Pete in this article, but all you need to know is that richest man in the House of Reps cares only about his tax cuts and he will say anything to convince the right wing base to vote for him even though it is contrary to their own best interests.

  • And this guy wants to be Montana’s new governor! He can probably buy the seat just like he did in the special election that got him into Congress in the first place in 2017.

    You have seen what he does as Montana’s sole representative in Washington – just what do you think he will do as governor? Prepare for the worst – or get out and VOTE for Democratic candidates!

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