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Women’s Rights in America

Cunningham has a straightforward philosophy when it comes to the treatment, rights and freedoms of women: Every woman deserves the same dignity, respect and treatment as any other individual, regardless of gender. Treating women with any less decency is the very definition of injustice.

Cunningham recognizes the gender bias of today’s society. Although many believe they are supporting women, they either subconsciously or consciously maintain a patriarchal perspective on business and life. Cunningham hopes to create an America where women’s struggles are not only recognized, they are resolved. During his presidency, he will hold people, nations and organizations accountable for their biases toward women.

Protection for All: the Equal Rights Amendment

While significant strides toward gender equality and the social protection of women have been made in the past few decades, there is still a long way to go. The groundbreaking Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) proposes that no one should be denied civil rights on the basis of one’s sex. It has only been ratified by 36 states, requiring 3 more state ratifications before the bill can become federally ratified, ensuring equality for women really is a Constitutional right.

*For further reading: equalrightsamendment.org

The ERA would provide a legal remedy to sex-based discrimination for both women and men. Its ratification would allow the clarification of the legal status of sex discrimination for the courts, where decisions still deal inconsistently with such claims. For the first time, sex would be considered a suspect classification, as race currently is. Governmental actions that would seem to classify males and females differently would be subject to strict judicial scrutiny and would thus have to be proven Constitutional to be upheld.

To actual or potential offenders who would try to write, enforce, or adjudicate laws inequitably, the ERA would send a strong preemptive message: the Constitution has zero tolerance for sex discrimination under the law.

The Equal Rights Amendment would provide a fundamental legal remedy against sex discrimination for both women and men. It would guarantee that the rights affirmed by the U.S. Constitution are held equally by all citizens without regard to their sex.

The ERA would clarify the legal status of sex discrimination for the courts, where decisions still deal inconsistently with such claims. For the first time, sex would be considered a suspect classification, as race currently is. Governmental actions that treat males or females differently as a class would be subject to strict judicial scrutiny and would thus have to meet the highest level of justification – a necessary relation to a compelling state interest – to be upheld as constitutional.

To actual or potential offenders who would try to write, enforce, or adjudicate laws inequitably, the ERA would send a strong preemptive message: the Constitution has zero tolerance for sex discrimination under the law.

Oppression of Women is a Global Issue

The Cunningham Administration will fight not only for the rights and the equality of the American woman, but every woman worldwide. Cunningham understands the enormity of the injustice and cruelty women face every day: from archaic customs like child marriages in Bihar, India, to sexual violence and rape in American colleges and universities, to cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) occurring in Horn of Africa; the Cunningham Administration will work tirelessly to end these problems. Cunningham will do this by first making these issues national talking points, then coupling this repeated exposure of the American public to these issues, with enforcement decrees by means of U.N. global resolutions.

Eliminating the Wage Gap

The Cunningham Administration will also address one of the most contentious issues facing women in America today: the wage gap. Cunningham will bridge the wage gap by introducing federal legislation that will mandate all businesses to pay all federally recognized genders equal salaries for the same job functions.

Freedom to Fight

Cunningham also believes that women should have the freedom to engage in armed conflict in combat-oriented jobs within the military. Female soldiers should not be ostracized, deterred or discriminated against by their male counterparts or by Department of Defense policies.

In Summary

Women have an uphill fight for equality and freedom, both on the national and international levels. Cunningham is an advocate for women, and he is completely committed to making women’s equality a matter of national policy and the protection of women worldwide a priority in his international commitments. A threat to a woman anywhere is a threat to women everywhere, and the Cunningham Administration will work tirelessly to protect those in danger.

“Our movement includes hundreds of initiatives focused on empowering women in 2020.”

Hart Cunningham

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