Women’s Equality Day

Today is Women’s Equality Day. Congress hasn’t done much for women in the past 45 years.

In 1971 the 66th Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day at the behest of social activist and women’s rights icon Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY).

Sadly we’ll endure the frustratingly inept 114th Congress, paralyzed by small-minded ideologues until January 3, 2017.

It’s my fervent hope the political pendulum in Congress will swing back toward people-centric equality issues.

Sadly the flurry of #WomensEqualityDay tweets on my Twitter timeline was exceeded by #NationalDogDay. While I’ve a soft spot for dogs, I love women. I love people. I’m passionate about equal rights.

Vintage ERA YES button, circa 1979–80

The #WomensEqualityDay tweets on my Twitter timeline reminded of the ERA YES button I got just a few short years into my political awakening in the late 1970s.

The protracted struggle of Equal Rights Amendment has shaped my political world-view. Progress is rarely revolutionary and rarely sudden. Progress is almost always a long and determined slog.

Originally published at bobtusecommentary.blogspot.com on August 26, 2016.