Esmeralda Gomez sat tucked in a back room at the Californians for Justice office in Fresno on Monday, where she and three other young adults were on smart phones, making calls to voters her age.
In 2017, Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, delivered a speech on former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) during which he called the ultraconservative former justice his hero. Kavanaugh explained that he not only admired Rehnquist’s legal opinions but also his strategic approach to the law: He played the long game. He saw where he wanted the law to go, and he was willing to make incremental steps to try to convince his colleagues so that he could get five justices to that position.
As we observe Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, which commemorates the day on which the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was certified in 1920, it’s important to take the opportunity to take stock. How far has the United States come in terms of women’s rights — and how is it stalling, or going backwards? The news in many quarters seems positive. More Democrat women are running for office in the 2018 midterm elections than ever before, and the #MeToo movement continues to drive public conversation. But there are some fundamental rights for American women remain at risk.
Chants of support for equal pay echoed outside the Supreme Court as several women’s rights organizations spoke out against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court.
I remember the spring day in 1994 when I returned to Congress for the fourth time. I was driving along the tidal basin. It was a beautiful morning with the cherry blossoms in full bloom, and I felt I had won the lottery. I had worked previously as a house intern, senate intern, and in a member’s personal office, and I was returning to the Hill as a professional committee staffer.
The public outcry against singer R. Kelly is adding a chorus of new voices. The Women of Color (WOC) within the Time’s Up movement announces this morning (April 30) that its group is joining forces with the existing online campaign #MuteRKelly.