This afternoon I will be interviewed for a segment on Sarasota Community Radio Station WSLR about my campaign to (1) remove Phyllis Schlafly as a Groundbreaker for women’s rights on the website, www.makers.com and in the accompanying documentary film to be released on Feb. 26, 2013, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique (Betty would be spinning in her grave about this.) and (2) include at least one of the nine surviving NOW founders as a Groundbreaker on the website and in the film. (After I started this campaign, the filmmakers offered to include me but I refused to be involved as long as Phyllis Schlafly was included as a Groundbreaker.
As I’m sure you know, Schlafly has opposed every advance for women’s rights for many decades and continues to do so. She is credited by some with being responsible for the failure of the ERA to be ratified. Most recently, she endorsed the infamous Todd Akin for reelection. (fortunately, her endorsement had no effect. He lost.)
By letter of Oct. 10, 2012, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom I know, one of the legitimate Groundbreakers on makers.com, wrote that she was totally in agreement with me about the above two goals.
During the interview, I will be asked what people can do to support this campaign. I made a list for myself and thought I’d send it to you in case you’d like to be a part of this campaign.
Things to do
Send the petition to your friends, family, organizations you’re connected to for signature and you and they should put it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks
Write to: Betsy West, Dyllan McGee--filmmakers at makers.com
Write to CEOs of PBS, WETA, AOL, and Makers.com – I have their names and contact information if you want it
Write to legitimate Makers on makers.com website and let them know Phyllis Schlafly is included as a Groundbreaker with them
Call or write your local PBS station
Thanks for your consideration.
Sonia Pressman Fuentes
Speaker, Author, "Eat First--You Don't Know What They'll Give
You, The Adventures of an Immigrant Family and Their Feminist Daughter"
4633 Longwater Chase
Sarasota, FL [masked]
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