I had a bit of a proud moment at the Mills River Town Council meeting on May 9 as a son, as a husband, and as a father as I spoke in favor of passing a resolution to support the Equal Rights Amendment before the Council, and then made a motion to pass that resolution.
Before making the motion, I commented that I had been on the other side of the equation — paid more to do the same work as my female counterparts. I had watched my mother struggle to make ends meet as a bank teller while less-qualified men were promoted past her, and I had watched as my own wife, Stacey, was paid less as an Asheville City Schools teacher simply because she was female.
I am determined that my daughters will have a level playing field, and that they will know that they are equal to men in the classroom as well as in the work environment.
The motion to urge enactment of the ERA, by the town of Mills River, passed by unanimous verbal assent.
As a result, Mills River became the fifth and final municipality in Henderson County to sign off on the ERA. It will now go to the county for their approval and then to the legislature, where North Carolina has the opportunity to become the 38th and final state needed for ratification.
Equal rights for women is long overdue. Let’s get this done.