Thank you to @lwvcva
, National Organization for Women, and Women of the Fifth for holding space for such a needed conversation about the upcoming push of the Equal Rights Amendment thru the #VAratifyERA
campaign. On 10/21/18, to a FULL room in Charlottesville, my role on the panel was #accountability
. I questioned the inclusivity of this 4th era of #feminism
& what living history the ERA is creating. 🧐. If the #ERA
passes in 2019, can we say that the #integrity
of all women were honored during this process? 🤔
1st point on the panel was to bring attention that there were more women of color on the panel than the ENTIRE audience. 👀.
There is always a counter narrative happening in parallel to the dominant frame presented (which is historically rooted in #whitesupremacy
). The 2 rarely intersect, causing the voices of the counter narrative to be silenced, as designed. The ERA was drafted for and by cis heterosexual white women; is that being implemented differently today?
The only strategy being implemented is legislative advocacy, NOT an #inclusive
outreach. Stop blaming #woc
for not answering the call to join the room. You don’t get diversity points for the obligatory invite. To be heard and not ONLY seen in your room, we have to disrupt it, constantly. Why would we put that #stress
on ourselves when #ERA
refuses to align with women’s issues that matter NOW? #healthcare #minimumwage #criminaljusticereform
We are ignoring that the language of “sex” in this amendment that is problematic for our #Trans #nonbinary
sisters. i guess we’ll address that after. 🤦🏽♀️ #SorryNotSorry
if I learned from history. Has feminism ever successfully circled back for the purpose of inclusivity? 😞 .
Unfortunately, white ladies don’t historically work in their best interest, much less ours, so I’m encouraging black women, WOC & allies to #DoTheWork
best for US as #Bridgebuilders
, and/ or #activists
. The ERA push is happening whether we are engaged or not. How we react to this legislation will write our #legacy
for our daughters to read. Don’t just fall into your role, choose with purpose. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻