Eleanor Stem Allen Memorial Speech Contest


  Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

  Topic of Young Speakers  

The Big Bear Valley American Association of University Women, in association with Bearly Speaking Toastmasters is sponsoring the 6th Annual Eleanor Stem Allen Memorial Speech Contest on February 16th at 6:00 P.M. in the Hofert Hall, located in the Performing Arts Center of Big Bear Lake.         

The topic, Is it time to pass the Equal Rights Amendment?, will be the challenge of the evening and the public as the audience.    

Student contestants are being sought for the Speech Competition. In addition to the opportunity to improve speaking skills, both male and female students will vie for $1,500 in prizes.

The Speech Contest deadline to enter is February 10th.

Informational workshops for students covering the basics of how to put together a winning speech will be announced soon. For more information, contact Marlene Cain at 909-866-2819 / Marcain@earthlink.net 


Eleanor Stem Allen Memorial Speech Contest

Deadline - Tuesday February 10th

Thursday February 16, 2017  *  6:00 P.M.


Performing Arts of Big Bear Lake

39707 Big Bear Boulevard

Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315  

Equal Rights Amendment

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women. The ERA was originally written by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman. In 1923, it was introduced in the Congress for the first time. The ERA has always been highly controversial regarding the meaning of equality for women. It was "feminist against feminist", said historian Judith Sealander; the result was the eventual defeat of the ERA.[1] Middle-class women generally were supportive. Those speaking for the working class were strongly opposed, arguing that employed women needed special protections regarding working conditions and hours. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress and was submitted to the state legislatures for ratification. It seemed headed for quick approval until Phyllis Schlafly mobilized conservative women in opposition, arguing that the ERA would disadvantage housewives.

Congress had set a ratification deadline of March 22, 1979. Through 1977, the amendment received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. Five states rescinded their ratifications before the 1979 deadline. In 1978, a joint resolution of Congress extended the ratification deadline to June 30, 1982, but no further states ratified the amendment and so it did not become part of the Constitution. Several organizations continue to work for the adoption of the ERA.