In tribute to Women’s History Month, the FDW’s March 22, 2019 Sip and Say began with a toast to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her role in taking swift and decisive leadership, in less than one week of 50 Muslim worshippers losing their lives, around automatic and assault weapons in New Zealand. Her actions prove to be a stark contrast to how other world leaders, and ours in particular, have acted when it comes to gun violence. Women get it done!
Our guest speaker, Former Senator Gail Buckner had to say about HB 481, the “heartbeat bill” and the Equal Rights Amendment. There were many takeaways from her message last week, but the ones that struck me most were:
- We cannot stop HB481 from becoming law. The bill was fast-tracked for a reason. • We need to do a better job of being proactive about issues.
- We need to get up close and respectfully personal with all legislators that voted for HB 481. We can speak to them when they are grocery shopping, at their local office, golfing, etc. Make ourselves known by face and by calls/email. Show up! They work for us.
- We need to build coalitions with business women and non-partisan groups. • Without ERA, it will be 2059 before women reach pay parity • We need to run a Democrat in every county! • We need to activate in September, October, and December and be ready to ACT!
We also WANT these same legislators to vote to pass ERA making GA the 38th State to ratify this amendment so we will have a lot of work to do. Please look at this video that explains the history of ERA and what is really at stake. Email me after you look at it and tell me what you think we should do.