fem*in*is*m - n. the notion that women and men are equal.

American women have made extraordinary strides in the march to achieve equality. The results of this struggle are evidenced by progressive legislation including the 19th Amendment granting women voting rights in 1920 and the Fair Pay Act of 2009 removing statutory limitation obstacles when filing an equal-pay lawsuit. Our focus on March 19, 2010 was on Texas Second-Wave feminists who were honored by the national VFA Board.

The struggle for equality is not over. The Veteran Feminists of America, a national organization dedicated to honoring Second-Wave activists’ achievements and linking like-minded individuals, hosted our March 2010 forum for today's American women to discuss women's challenges at home and in less-developed countries, where there is sometimes far less recognition of women's right to equal treatment under law.

We recognized at the same time that American women still lack constitutionally guaranteed equal rights under the law at a national level. Thus this conference applauded the achievements of the past, but also sharply reminded us that we must work still for an ERA at home, at least by 2020, the centennial anniversary of 1920, the year that American women won the vote.

You who read this are the future. Your ideas and actions will influence new national and international women’s rights initiatives, a revived Equal Rights Amendment, and recognition of the ongoing need to ensure all women everywhere enjoy basic human rights.

Keep the idea of equality for all alive in your life and work!