Women’s equality will be the focus Thursday night in Iowa City as the League of Women Voters of Johnson County hosts a three-woman panel and discussion at Old Brick, 26 E Market St.
Panelists for “Women’s Equlity: Myth or Reality?” are Prof. Linda Kerber of the University of Iowa Department of History, Prof. Ann Laquer Estin of the University of Iowa School of Law and Alice Dahle of Amnesty International. Dayna Ballantyne, executive director of the Iowa Women’s Foundation (a co-sponsor of the event), will provide introductions.
Following a roughly one hour presentation by the panelists, those in attendance will join the conversation to explore how the Constitution addresses women’s equality. There will be discussion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s 2011 assertion that women are not protected from discrimination by the 14 Amendment, and on the status of Roe v. Wade in the wake of what many have labeled an ongoing “war on women.” Participants will be asked if a need remains for a national Equal Rights Amendment or CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). The U.S. remains the only developed country that has not ratified CEDAW, which is considered an international bill of rights for women.
The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and is the fifth in a seven-part series of community conversations on the Constitution and Supreme Court sponsored by the League.
Financial support has been provided by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hawkeye Chapter of the ACLU of Iowa, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Iowa City Human Rights Commission, Johnson County Bar Association, West Bank , University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Technigraphics and Hotel Vetro.
Supports of these events include the AAUW, ACLU of Iowa, The African American Museum of Iowa, The Hawkeye Chapter of the ACLU, Iowa Citizens Action Network, Iowa City Human Rights Commission, Iowa City Public Library, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, Iowa Women’s Foundation, Johnson County Bar Association, Kirkwood Community College, Labor Center, University of Iowa; League of Women Voters of Cedar Rapids/Marion, Iowa Women’s Archives–University of Iowa The Women’s Resource and Action Center, University of Iowa.
The League of Women Voters, founded by Carrie Chapman Catt, is active on a national, state, and local level. The League is a non-partisan organization that promotes the empowerment of an informed electorate. The group researches public policy issues at the local, state, and federal level, educates citizens and decision makers, and works to find reasonable solutions to pressing policy challenges. Readers can learn more by visiting the Johnson County affiliate’s website.