Women's Rights

07.08.14

What Sisterhood?

In the 1970s it was a woman – Phyllis Schafly – who led the charge against the Equal Rights Amendment. So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising, as Jessica Valenti points out, that today some women (and women’s groups) would like to turn back the clock on women’s rights. Following last week’s Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, most women's groups were outraged. Yet the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) called the decision "undoubtedly good news." Additionally, Valenti writes that organizations like IWF and Concerned Women for America want to repeal the Violence Against Women Act and argue that pay inequity doesn't exist. It is certainly ironic when powerful women use their freedom and privileges to try to curtail other women’s access to the same.