Women still lack true equality


Will transgender men who convert to women lose their U.S. constitutional rights/guaranties of equality?

Does that mean they’ll take a pay cut (women making 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man, with African American women and Latinas making even less, 64 cents and 53 cents, respectively)?

Ninety-six percent of Americans think the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has passed. It hasn’t.

All men, regardless of race, under the U.S. Constitution are guaranteed equal protection of the laws – not so women.

In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, “In the new code of laws, remember the ladies and do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands.” Didn’t happen.

Women in our newly minted country were forbidden to vote, own property, keep their own wages, or even have custody of their children. Equality came up again in 1848, then again after the Civil War when Negro male slaves were given equal rights under the 14th Amendment. But not women of any race.

The ERA finally got into Congress in 1923 and it’s still there 92 years later.

Female to male would seem to be the way to go.

Diane Daiute

Sweet Home