Top photo: 3 of 7 Grannies stop for a second to pose for a photo in Redwood City on August 26. Six Action League Grannies, and one from the San Jose gaggle who came by train, sang at a rally for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Second photo was taken shortly after the Grannies sang. Congressional Representative Jackie Speier introduced a woman (seated, right) who worked in an airplane factory during WWII. The Congresswoman said that women were paid the same rate as men while the need was great during that war. Once soldiers returned at the end of the conflict, women once again had their wages reduced, for the same jobs men held.
In March, Congresswoman Speier offered a joint resolution to remove the deadline for the ratification of the ERA and Congresswoman Maloney (D-NY) has introduced a new Equal Rights Amendment that would finally add the word “women” into the U.S. Constitution.
Granny songs (lyrics to one song below)) were greeted by claps and cheers! We sang 4 songs and were called back for encores.
We Rage for Women’s Equality
tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic Key of F
Oh, WE’RE the Raging Grannies and it’s TURN-ing our hair gray
To THINK that men in suits are taking ALL our rights away.
We fought this fight before and now we FIGHT again today!
Fight FOR the E.R.A.!
All for women’s rights are we-e
Yes, we’ll win at last you’ll see-e
Fin’lly women will be free-e
Fight for the E.R.A.!
No more can they ig-NORE us and PRE-tend we don’t exist.
Cuz Hobby Lobby made us mad; and now we raise a fist
Equality’s denied us, so we’re ser-i-OUS-ly pissed!
Fight FOR the E.R.A!
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