America, the Un-beautiful

sandy oestreich
Posted June 24, 2016 from United States

America's "800-pound gorilla in the room" will shock many, as America has a false reputation for being exceptional as a nation of guaranteed freedom and fairness. In truth, sadly, it is a nation of discrimination against the female sex, several races, religions, and the disabled.

We American girls and women cry for other nations with more horrendous discriminations than we endure. Cruelties beyond imagination, but some are real in America, too. Overlooked and hidden are tragedies here of trafficking, undisciplined rapes and violence against women and even babies. These are not the rule as in other sorry nations, but they are evident and ignored. American women must speak out assertively for ourselves successfully before we can effectively work to free others.

I was a "naughty" little American girl who questioned these happenings I heard about. And I stayed questioning. I asked my sweet mother why "the boys" in class were given special attention yet misbehaved. Mother sighed, "It's just the way things are." I grew up, a pretty smart girl and irreverently kept asking Why. My questioning turned to challenge when I wanted to go to college and my father told me he would not pay for that "because you are 'just a girl'". I banged my fist on the table saying, "when I grow up, I will Do Something About That. I worked hard and put myself through college defiantly.

I became a Nurse Practitioner because I wanted to treat patients more wholistically than I saw American traditional Medicine doing.

I am an 82 year-old American woman with quite a few credentials behind my name, and so have mounted a powerful campaign here to liberate girls and women with full citizenship benefits and full personhood alongside our males: I am now an unpaid lobbyist for the 93 year-old Equal Rights Amendment legislation that adds us females to our United States Constitution. The ERA would be added to that American "law of the land" alongside our right to vote, which took eons, much work and agony, some deaths, to achieve by 1920!

I have been working for free with ERA supporters for going on 17 years here in America. It has taken us all day, every day. There is monstrous opposition to making the ERA official in our Constitution, as one of our two political parties is adamant against us females achieving equal wages with males for the same job. We average only 79% of a male's wage now. That puts one in seven elderly American working women in poverty! Their survival depends on Americans' income taxes to support their basic needs. So, our objecting cry is that the average American basically pays to fill the pay gap that our big businesses refuse to pay.

A Constitutional ERA in place would correct that and would make sex discrimination of all kinds a Violation of our US Constitution--a corrective action that could act to change America's perverse sex-unequal treatment. More women in our legislative body than the current 20%, changing its climate to cover all Americans, not just our males. ERA would reduce rapes, trafficking, tax rates, boost America's real image, put more women in elected office and in better-paying jobs thus increasing revenues and clearing up the missing 52% from societies full benefits.

When you make sure that American females are correctly given missing citizen rights, you raise more successful workers, make the nation free of sexual crimes and disdain for us females.

THEN, we are freed to work with other nations for the same freedom. We are bold and committed female Americans. We ask that we be able to shine our light to boost ALL females everywhere.

And this little challenging girl will have succeeded. I refuse to die until then.

(PS I am not at my own computer, so please ask again for images etc. Thank you sandyo@PassERA.orgI'm sure other nations' people scoff at our complaints. Just remember

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Jul 03, 2016
Jul 03, 2016

Dear SandyO,

Thank you for raising your voice for sexual discrimination against females in America. I tell you not many people will think that America with its high recognition across the globe suffers from gender imbalance issues like this. But you know what we just have sitback and think about the common phrase that says "it is a man's world" isn't .

At your age and still lobbying on! for ERA i encourage you and keeping fingers crossed that your campaign will live to see ERA official in your Constitution.

Thank you for sharing and Goodluck Sandy 


Alexandra Fercak
Jul 05, 2016
Jul 05, 2016

SandyO, love that you were and continue to be "challenging"!  Yes, never stop asking the tough questions. The US is a male dominated society and yes, we have plenty of gender discrimination. In many circles and industries it is very prevalent and tough to crack. There is plenty to do here on this front.

Thank you for your post and for all that you do. I will be following your endeavors.


sandy oestreich
Jul 05, 2016
Jul 05, 2016

Dear Alexandra,

We of the National Equal Rights Amendment are thrilled that you wrote us, and that you expressed acknowledgement of the common sex discrimination in the USA.

We are hereby inviting World Pulse to sign and return to us the ERA Resolution at page-top at our site, Our address is at the bottom. We would be deeply honored.

World Pulse would be joining 326 other respected major organizations also endorsing our efforts to codify the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution:

"Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Passing ERA would make sex discrimination a violation of our Constitution. It would add our girls and women to the Nation's contract with its People

We are bureaucracy-free, a non-profit, nonpartisan, non-sexist grassroots organization. Signing does not imply any obligation nor any heavy lifting, nor cost. Just a chance to champion the ERA publicly when appropriate, and your endorsement of the surging nationwide effort by hundreds of new ERA organizations.

We plan, after ERA is codified in our Constitution, to extrapolate our efforts to other sexist nations with our much stronger voices.

It will be heartening to us to receive your signed Resolution, and we greatly thank you. We do this 18/7 unpaid work for ERA passage not for money, status, nor power. We do it because we care.

We hope that we will be in receipt of your signed Resolution, and look forward to it and will publicize your joining with us to move America to the democracy it claims.

Thank you greatly. We wish you the best of luck, too.


 Sandy Oestreich, founder-president of National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance Inc, 501c3 Prof. Emerita, Adelphi U., NY Fmr. elected official Co-author, internationally distributed pharmacology reference texts Nationally certified Nurse Practitioner of 35 years Member, 3 Nurse Practitioner professional organizations Biographied in Feminists Who Changed America Nat'l ERA Alliance, Inc, is a Lead Organization of nat'l ERA Coalition, Member, ERA Action Member, Vision2020, Advisory Board-for women's empowerment 2016 Nominee, "WOMEN'S SUMMIT", DC 2015 Finalist, St Petersburg FL "Best Nonprofit Business" 2014 Recipient, AAUW/FL "Woman of Distinction" 2012 Recipient, County LWVoters Susan B. Anthony "Failure is Impossible" award Wife and mom    Fbk: Pass the Equal Rights Amendment  Twitter: @SandyO  

Jul 06, 2016
Jul 06, 2016

Wow! Keep on pushing! It is encouraging to know people that are passionate about such laudable causes!

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