Equal rights



To the Editor:

On the March 8, 2015, President Obama released the following statement commemorating International Women’s Day stating, “This gap between women’s inherent value and how many of them are treated every day is one of the great injustices of our time. On this International Women’s Day, we recommit ourselves to closing that gap. … I’m convinced that a world in which women and girls are treated as equal to men and boys is safer, more stable and more prosperous. Beyond those tangible benefits, this is simply a matter of right and wrong. Women and girls are human beings, full and equal in rights and dignity. They deserve to be treated that way, everywhere, every day. My administration will continue working to make that vision a reality.”

I applaud his championing of human rights here and abroad.

I am the founder of Katrina’s Dream, an organization established in memory of my mother-in-law, the Rev. Katrina Welles Swanson, who lived in Manset. She was one of the “Philadelphia Eleven,” the first group of women priests to be ordained in The Episcopal Church. I represent an organization deeply invested in this issue and focused on achieving true equality for women.

I pray that in the president’s final State of the Union Address, he gives full support of the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment that would add the following words to the U.S. Constitution: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this Article.”

The Equal Rights Amendment will greatly improve conditions for women in the United States, and with your inspired leadership, has the potential to improve the status of women in the global community.

Thank you again, Mr. President, for all that you do.

Hélène de Boissière-Swanson

San Francisco, Calif.

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