“I think anyone who has an opinion, and voices it, will offend someone.”
 ~Peter Steele

Introduction /Welcome

by: Karen Teegarden
Welcome to’s inaugural newsletter, “Voices”. Every month, you will hear from a variety of voices – one of our State members, an issue important to women from a leader or writer outside, a rant from our resident Blue Bell from Red Hell, an update on our latest campaign or action, facts about women’s issues…some will shock you, some will make you laugh.All to continue our mission of educating and motivating the pubic to act on issues affecting women.In the past year and a half, I’ve had many conversations with so many activists and leaders of other organizations who say the same thing. “We are so overwhelmed with how much there is to fight”. I commend them all for sticking it out. There are days when we just want to throw up our hands and give up. Are we really making a difference? Is it worth the emotional toll?

We must focus on our wins. Every win takes us to the next win. Every loss takes us to re-focusing for the next win. It’s a process. And let’s face it, if we give up, we not only lose, our daughters, nieces, sisters, mothers, granddaughters and our country lose.

So if you feel overwhelmed or defeated, do what you need to do for your own health and sanity. Take a break. Rejuvenate.

Do whatever you need to do to be able to continue the fight…it’s that important.


The Equal Rights Amendment – Simple Justice
by: Roberta W. Francis, Co-Chair, ERA Task Force, National Council of Women’s Organization
“It’s a boy!” “It’s a girl!”The sex of a newborn is of such significance that before the era of prenatal testing, those were probably the first words heard by babies at the moment of birth.  Besides the physically obvious, a less evident distinction between the sexes exists from moment one – the different legal standing of males and females.“We the people” implies that the U.S. Constitution is a document for everyone, but when it was adopted in 1787, its promised rights were fully enjoyed only by certain categories of white males. [continue]
by: Blue Belle from Red Hell
The big mess in Texas where legislation has just been passed that has put much of the female population without necessary health services and further restricts a woman’s reproductive choices, has left women angry and ready to continue their fight.  Much has been written and reported but it seems the one area that everyone shies away from is the intrusion of religion and religious beliefs into the governmental process.  There was no attempt to hide the fact that there was no separation of church and state.  I guess that leaves it to me to say a few words on the subject. [continue]
by: Shannon Fisher Florida State co-Directors, Jan Buckley Lella and Diane Wilson are having immense success fighting for women’s rights in their state. Even as many in Florida and around the country mourn the loss of Trayvon Martin and the sociological questions that accompany the trial and verdict surrounding his death, we must continue to pay attention to the fight for human rights happening in every state in the union.  Jan and Diane are on the front lines of this fight every day in the Sunshine State. [continue]
The Ugly Truth Trayvon and Texas brought to a head what has been a low boil for a long time.We’ve never been the America we claim to be…the America in which so many of us grew up believing.  An America that embraces diversity… where everyone has the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their family.Our laws, our judicial system, our media, our legislators are owned, run, and influenced by a very small minority…all oppressing a very large majority. A majority that includes women, students, seniors, non-whites, LGBT, anyone relying on “entitlements”,  the poor and working class, and those with the “wrong” religion.[continue]
Bethany Erickson was involved in the fight to defend women’s rights in Texas and felt she wanted to do something more. Beth is a Dallas mother of one toddler, a small business owner, and a proud Texan who believes that the spirit of Ann Richards and Molly Ivins continues to live in Texas women today.  She created “A Day of Permission” on Facebook and asked women of Texas to unite to call, email or tweet Governor Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Texas legislators “if you want to make decisions about my uterus and my reproductive life, you get to make all the decisions about my life. You don’t get to cherry pick.” [continue]


In early 2012, the amount of legislation threatening women’s rights reached such a fever pitch that an immense groundswell of support for a resurgence of the Women’s Rights Movement developed all across America. Women everywhere had been looking for a way to band together to protest the chipping away of their rights! Images of the arrests of peaceful, silent protesters standing up against the 2012 mandatory ultrasound legislation in Virginia’s General Assembly were indelibly etched into the minds of women around the country. The founders of Unite Against The War On Women saw these Virginia arrests, and personhood bills making their way through several states, on the news. They also watched in horror as a Congressional panel on contraception, comprised entirely of men, denied testimony to a Georgetown Law Student, Sandra Fluke. [continue]
A veteran women’s rights activist describes her time in the chaotic Texas Capitol rotunda in the hours before the Senate vote. It is 11:28 a.m. and hot as hell outside when I finally pass through one of four security checkpoints at the Texas Capitol on Friday, July 12, the day of the big showdown on the Senate floor. Thousands of people have already entered the Capitol before me. Dressed in pro-choice orange or pro-birth blue, many of them stood outside before dawn just for the chance to get into another line inside that travels upward on beautifully wrought staircases to the Senate gallery on the third floor. History will be made today. But debate on the most horrific anti-abortion bills ever to see the harsh heat of the Texas sun won’t begin for another two-and-a-half hours [continue] The Last Night in Texas: The Unaswered Questions 
TEXAS PROTESTIt was Friday, July 12, 2013, the day the Texas State Senate was to debate, and was expected to pass, the worst anti-abortion bill in modern history. We had fought hard through two special sessions called by the King of Fools, Governor Rick Perry. We poured out in record numbers, wearing orange, over and over again, for every hearing, every debate.   [continue]


Publisher: Shannon Fisher | Design: Jessica Vallelungo/Sarah Warfield Murrill | Research: Krystal RansomeContributors: Karen Teegarden, Shannon Fisher, Roberta Francis, Blue Belle From Red Hell, Pamela Oldham, Cindy Noland


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