NFDW Action Alert on ERA

1979 FL ERA demonstration
An ERA demonstration back in 1979 in Florida.

NFDW has made ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment our priority.  Three pieces of new ERA legislation are pending in Congress, and our sources are telling us that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that the House Resolutions will come to the floor for a vote.  Therefore, we want all members of Congress to sign this legislation.

You can check the resolution co-sponsors by clicking on the links below to see who has signed.  There is a section to the left of the page where you can click on your state and that is quicker than scrolling through the entire list of legislators. 

H.J. Res 38 by Congresswoman Jackie Speier removes the deadline for ratification of the original legislation.  H.J. Res 35 by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney begins a new process to pass the ERA.  This is backup legislation that begins the process again should the existing legislation be challenged in court and there is a ruling against letting the original legislation stand. 

There is also hope for Senator Ben Cardin’s Senate Resolution because two Republicans are co-signers for S.J. Res 6.  Cardin’s legislation removes the deadline for passing the original ERA legislation. 

“Call your Senators and Representatives two or more times a week until you know that they have signed these resolutions.  Make your voice heard as we ratify the ERA,” said President Jenks.

Protecting the Sacred with Tai Simpson

The Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus wholeheartedly invite Democratic Women throughout Idaho to the IDP Clint Stennett Conference breakfast with Tai Simpson. The event is on Sunday, October 6, 2019, from 7:30 am to 9 am at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn, which is located at 506 W Appleway in Coeur d’Alene. Tickets to the breakfast are $30.00 per person and can be bought using this link.

We are proud to announce that our featured guest will be Tai Simpson, a 2019 TEDxBoise speaker. Tai is a Nez Perce tribal member and a social change advocate with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. She will be discussing the Protecting the Sacred: A Primer on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), which is a movement to raise awareness about the number of missing and murdered Native American women in Canada and the United States. The US Department of Justice reports that Native American women face murder rates that are more than ten times the national average. Tai Simpson is a wonderful storyteller who has participated in the 2019 Indigenous People’s March in the nation’s capital.

Come enjoy the Full Sunrise Traditional breakfast, which includes country red-skinned potatoes, honey glazed ham, brown sugar bacon, maple sausage links, fluffy scrambled eggs, chilled orange juice, coffee, teas, seasonal fruit, muffins, and pastries, before you head back home from the conference. We look forward to seeing everyone at the breakfast and encourage attendees to buy their tickets online to speed up the check-in process. As a reminder, this event helps raise funds to help get more Democratic women elected in Idaho.

For more information about this event, please contact our organization by via email at or find us on Facebook.

NFDW Action Alert on Women’s Equality Day

August 26th is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day because on this day in 1920, our country ratified the right of women to vote. This hard-fought struggle took almost 100 years.

In 1848, a group of abolitionists, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, gathered in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss the problems associated with women’s rights.  The convention attendees agreed that women deserved their own political identities.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” proclaimed the Declaration of Sentiments, “that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

A key component of the activists’ concerns was that women should have the right to vote.  White men, regardless of how much property they owned, had the right to vote.  After the Civil War, the 14th and 15th Amendments were added to the Constitution.  The 14th Amendment defines “citizens” as “male.”  The 15th Amendment guaranteed black men the right to vote. Stanton and Susan B. Anthony led advocates to refuse to support the 15th Amendment.

With much unrest about the strategy of how women would win the right to vote, the National Woman Suffrage Association began in 1869 and led the fight for a universal-suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Women were beaten, put into jail, and accused of being mentally ill, but the activists prevailed and voting rights for women were confirmed on August 26, 1920.

In 1973, Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) passed a Joint Resolution of Congress that stated, “WHEREAS, the women of the united States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as a symbol of the continued fight for equal rights, and WHEREAS, the women of the United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.”

One of the greatest and massive peaceful civil rights movements had been successful in 1920, and again in 1973.  Now, in 2019, NFDW is continuing to celebrate Women’s Equality Day as we direct our attention to achieving another unresolved issue of women’s rights—the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.  Our members will conduct celebrations before, after, and on August 26th to acknowledge the momentous occasion of Women’s Equality Day and to emphasize the need to add the ERA to the U.S. Constitution.

Rita Haggardt Award for Region 6

2019 Rita Haggardt Award
Left to Right: IDWC Member Alan Humphries, Rita Haggardt, and IDWC Region 6 Director Linda Leeuwrik

The inaugural Rita Haggardt Award was presented on July 25, 2019, in Pocatello, Idaho at the joint Bannock County Democrats and IDWC summer picnic fundraiser. This award is presented to the woman who best embodies the Democratic values and ideals. It will be presented to a woman in Region 6 on a semi-annual basis.

This year’s award winner is the lovely Rita Haggardt herself, who is the perfect example of a servant’s heart regardless and a tireless volunteer for the overlooked members of our society. Rita is an amazing woman has set a very high bar for future awardees! She is a former school teacher who says that she was a Democrat at birth. Her volunteer efforts show that she is determined to improve her community one person at a time. For example, she volunteers with many organizations including the United Way, Rotary, Zonta, and My Brother’s Kitchen. She is one of the favorite members of the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus.