Need-to-Know Basis

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Are you interested in reading about your current rights as a voter? Maybe you are dying to know more about the activists in the Sitting Room on the second floor? Or perhaps you wanted to listen to some Woman’s Party-related music? It’s possible you just watched an episode of The Woman’s Party and now you’re thinking “hmm I wonder which character I’m most like?” — if that’s the case we absolutely have the answer for you. Scroll on and you’ll definitely be in the know.

— Chloé Hayat, with Madeline Mahrer

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

The right to vote in the US has been a hard-fought battle for most. Arm yourself with knowledge, know your rights before you get to the polls.

The ACLU and voting
Are you registered to vote? Are you a voter with disabilities who requires accommodations? Do you have a family member who isn’t fluent in English and requires assistance with their ballot? Are you familiar with your voting rights on election day? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants you to know what rights you are guaranteed.

Click HERE to read more from the ACLU, or call their non-partisan Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Read the ACLU’s report on recent efforts of voter suppression in Georgia after the Presidential and Congress runoff elections in 2020-21.

CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS SUE GEORGIA OVER NEW SWEEPING VOTER SUPPRESSION LAWMARCH 30, 2021

Read more here.

In addition to the brave organizers taking on the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams (activist and politician) is working to keep voting free and fair. Check out her work here, and her organization Fair Fight.

THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

The Official ERA Website by the Alice Paul Foundation is full of clear information and ways to get involved with the fight for the ERA. 

Perhaps most importantly, they provide their readers with the full current text of the ERA, as introduced in the 113th Congress (2014-2015).

Section 1: Women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2: Congress and the several States shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3: This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

See more from their FAQ section here!


Find out if your state has ratified the Amendment on the map below or by clicking here.

On the website you’ll also find details on the history of the ERA and a toolkit for those who are interested in helping to advance the amendment — read on equalrightsamendment.org!

WHICH WOMAN’S PARTY CHARACTER ARE YOU??

Are you a Charmer? The Leader of the Pack? A Bloodhound? Take our quiz to find out which Woman of The Woman’s Party you’re most similar to.

READ, WATCH & LISTEN TO MORE

Publications from the campaigners in the Sitting Room.
The incredible activists we’ve mentioned on this site have enough writing out there to keep you busy for a while — here’s just a small sample (as well as a couple of audio/video clips) so you can hear about them in their own words! 

PAULI MURRAY

Pauli Murray’s autobiography Song in a Weary Throat, available here through Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C.

Click here to listen to Pauli Murray testify on behalf of the ERA in front of the House of Representatives.  

Click here to listen to Pauli Murray speaking on the parallels between gender equality and equality for Black Americans in a speech entitled “Grace Under Pressure”. 

IDA B. WELLS

Ida B. Well’s exposé on lynchings in the South, The Red Record, available here.

ANNA J. COOPER

Anna J. Cooper’s book about the intersectional issues affecting Black Women in America, A Voice from the South: By a Black Woman of the South, available here.

DORIS STEVENS

Doris Stevens’ book about the fight for women’s suffrage, Jailed for Freedom, available here.

SOJOURNER TRUTH

Watch Alice Walker read Sojourner Truth’s famous speech here.

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM 

Read Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s speech here — voicing her support for the ERA when it was reintroduced into Congress in 1970.

Click here to watch Shirley Chisholm announce her bid to run for President as the Democratic nomination in 1972!

 

Movies, songs, docs, and more…
Maybe reading lists aren’t your thing!

Documentaries
PBS has featured many Civil Rights heroes in their short docuseries! Watch them by clicking below!

Zitkala-Ša 

Dr. Margaret Jessie Chung

Ida B Wells

Alice Paul

Pauli Murray

Mary Church Terrell

Rose Schneiderman

Sojourner Truth

Shirley Chisholm

And additional docs on bigger topics

Black Suffragists

Early Suffragists

Movies

Click here to watch Iron Jawed Angels (2004) about Alice Paul’s fight for the 19th Amendment

Click here to watch Call Me Madam (1953) based on Perle Mesta

Click here to watch Hostess with the Mostes’ (1957) also based on Perle Mesta

The series Mrs. America — available here (and on Hulu & Amazon)— features (among other exciting performances) Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm, and that is something we can get behind!

Songs

Click here to listen to Joan Baez and Mimi Farina sing protest song, Bread and Roses, based on Rose Schneiderman’s speech!

Click here to listen to Rev. Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, Pete Seeger, and Jeanne Humphries sing about Sojourner Truth in 1972!

Finally, here’s a The Woman’s Party playlist we’ve put together for you…

SOURCES

CLICK HERE for a list of sources referenced in the making of this website. Have an addition you’d like to see, or see an error that needs correction? Contact us at info@clubbedthumb.org

Thanks for reading!