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ERA for Gender Equality

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the proposal of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)!

ERA has been introduced in congress more times than any other proposed amendment.  If passed the ERA would have provided for legal gender equality if it had been ratified by the states.

The ERA passed Congress in 1972 by the required two-thirds vote. But amendments must also be ratified by three-quarters of the states. The ERA was quickly ratified by 35 of the 38 states needed.

As the seven-year time limit for ratification approached in 1979, Congress and President Jimmy Carter controversially extended the deadline three years. However, no additional states ratified. The ERA had been presented to Congress every year from 1923-1972, but never passed.

Fortunately, ERA inspired laws have passed to provide women with more rights and equality, but there is still some work to be done.

Photograph of President Jimmy Carter signing the resolution for extension of the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment.

Learn more about the “Amending America” exhibit.

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In surprise ceremony, Obama awards Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama bestowed the nation’s highest civilian honor on Vice President Biden Thursday, calling his running mate and presidential understudy “the best vice president America has ever had.”

The surprise State Room ceremony was alternately humorous and poignant, with Biden turning his face from the audience to wipe away his tears.

“I had no inkling,” Biden said, saying he thought the event was supposed to be for first lady Michelle Obama. He jokingly fired his chief of staff for not telling him. “I don’t deserve this, but I know this came from the president’s heart.”

Only two other vice presidents have received the honor. President Gerald Ford awarded it to his vice president, Nelson Rockefeller, in 1977, and President Jimmy Carter awarded it to Lyndon Johnson’s vice president, Hubert Humphrey, in 1980.

But Biden’s medal also came with an additional rare honor: The Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction. That additional designation has been bestowed to only three others: Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan and former secretary of State Colin Powell.

(Photo: Michael Reynolds, EPA)

President Obama today awarded Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction, which is an honor only three other people have been given over the last 30 years. Then Biden gave Obama his highest honor, double finger guns with a wink.
—  Seth Meyers, Punchlines

When Jimmy Carter became president, he put his small Georgia peanut farm into a blind trust to avoid possible conflicts of interest.

Bill and Chelsea Clinton were both going to step down from their positions in the Clinton Foundation if Hillary Clinton won.

Donald Trump is just going to let his children run his international real estate empire and doesn’t want us to worry about the billions he owes to Russian and Chinese bankers.

When I know I’ve fucked up really bad Cas comes to me speaking words of wisdom

Donald Trump could be getting his Trump TV — as a state-run channel

  • Trump will gain access to a state-run media channel thanks to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which Congress passed Thursday.
  • This year’s NDAA dissolves the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent government agency that encompasses the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia and Middle East Broadcasting Networks. 
  • Rather than being run by a bipartisan board, these news services will be run by a CEO of Trump’s choosing.
  • Of particular importance here is the VOA, which broadcasts the news in more than 40 languages and originated in 1942 as an antidote to Nazi propaganda. 
  • The VOA broadcast only internationally until 2013, when Obama signed legislation making its content available to audiences within the U.S.
  • Per the VOA Charter, signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1976, “VOA news will be accurate, objective and comprehensive” and “will represent America, not any single segment of American society.” Read more
This is all I ask for
  • Me: *sleeping soundly on Monday morning*
  • Alarm: BEEP BEEP BITCH GET THE FUCK OUT OF BED TIME TO GO HAVE A MENTAL BREAKDOWN AND CRY ALL DAY ABOUT SHIT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA-
  • Me: *shuts alarm off and groans*
  • I would rather lose a limb than go today,maybe even rip out all my hair *whimpers* kill me
  • *door bursts open*
  • Dean: COME ON GET IN THE CAR WE ARE KID NAPPING YOU
  • Sam: For a life of adventure where you don't need school
  • Cas: All you need is us!
  • Me:
  • Me: Don't gotta tell me twice *grabs bag of clothes and hops in and drives off never to be seen again*