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February 11 2020

Women Don’t Need California’s Gender Quota to Be Successful. Statistics Say They Already Are

Pacific Legal Foundation
featuring Jennifer C. Braceras

American women in 2020 are healthier, wealthier, freer, and more prosperous than ever before.

  • America is currently experiencing the lowest female unemployment rate since 1965, along with record rates of female business ownership. In fact, since 1997, the number of female-owned businesses has risen by 114%.
  • The number of women executives has grown nearly 10% in the U.S. since 2010. And between 2010 and 2015, the share of women on the boards of global corporations increased by 54%.
  • Today, women earn the majority of bachelor’s degrees awarded by U.S. institutions. They comprise the majority of law students and, for the first time, women this year make up the majority of medical students.

Despite all this progress, politicians and so-called women’s advocates seem to think that the social, economic, and political landscape for women is today so dire that it requires increased government intervention.

Hence, the renewed push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Although men and women already share the same basic constitutional rights to vote, speak out, worship freely, bear arms, and more, activists believe that a constitutional amendment is nevertheless necessary to protect women. The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, federal law, and the laws of all 50 states already prohibit unfair sex discrimination. But the ERA would go much further, mandating that government treat males and females not only as legally equal, but also as socially and biologically interchangeable. It thus threatens the status of hundreds, if not thousands, of laws designed to support women and girls, such as WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) and Social Security spousal benefits.

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