Supporters of women’s equality, you are hereby invited to join us in a hike to ratify the ERA!
Beginning and ending at the Arizona State Capitol building - here are a few details:
Monday March 11, 2019: We’ll meet and park at Phoenix First Church UCC 1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 at 10:30am and walk to the Capital for a noon press conference. From the Capital, we’ll hike past sites significant to women’s progress and end the first day at Sandra Day O’Connor House 1250 N College Ave, Tempe, AZ 8528 (13.8 miles).
Tuesday, March 12, 2019: We’ll begin at 8:30am at Sandra Day O’Connor House, hike to the Piestewa Peak trail head then continue on to the office of Arizona’s first woman senator, Kyrsten Sinema 2200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016 (13.5 miles).
Wednesday, March 13, 2019: We’ll start 8:30am at Senator Sinema’s office, walk past Central Arizona Shelter Services and conclude at the State Capitol.
For complete details and more information please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/323158318313894/
Arizona was once a beacon for women’s rights. Women could vote in Arizona in 1912, and Rachel Berry, from Apache County, was the first woman legislator elected in Arizona in 1914 before women in the rest of the country could even vote. Isabel Greenway was Arizona’s first congresswoman and only representative from 1933-1935. Arizona holds the record for the most women governors – 4 (three in a row) – and having women hold all state offices at the same time (1988).
The first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court came from Arizona. In fact, Sandra Day O’Connor was the first legislator to introduce the ERA in Arizona. A ratification resolution has been introduced in the Arizona House or Senate or both every year since before 1982. And while the ERA has enjoyed massive public support for decades, it still can’t get a hearing.
Arizona needs to reclaim its place in the march toward equality by ratifying the ERA in 2019 and becoming the 38th and decisive state to give all women their rightful place in the U.S. Constitution and moving toward the day that all discrimination will end.