EQUALITY | Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment, barring sex discrimination, almost 50 years ago, but women are still not guaranteed full equality in this country. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is campaigning to make Virginia the final state to vote to ratify the amendment (38 votes are needed). (NPR, 11/18)
Some legal experts say an Equal Rights Amendment will give women a better chance at winning discrimination cases in court.
Patricia Wallace, an attorney in Richmond, says it will also be easier to strike down state laws, like one in North Carolina that says it’s not legally considered rape if a woman agrees to have sex, then changes her mind.
EQUITY | Jenell Rosa, program assistant at the Weissberg Foundation, writes about how philanthropy can have a role in advancing feminism, and reminds readers that this has to include women of color. (Weissberg Foundation Blog, 11/16)
WORKFORCE | D.C. Restaurant Reaches $1.5 Million Settlement Amid Tipped Pay Debate (Inequality.org, 9/3)
– The Montgomery County Public Schools’ staff and others give feedback on what is allocated to schools in a proposed budget and capital improvement plan. (Bethesda Beat, 11/16)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Prince George’s County Executive-elect Angela Alsobrooks lays out her plans to recreate the county’s image. (WBJ, 11/16)
PUBLIC SAFETY | Slow probe by federal agency delays redress for victims of deadly Silver Spring explosion (WaPo, 11/18)
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