By Lauren Dodd | Killeen Daily Herald correspondent
In honor of Women’s History Month, three local women met to discuss equal rights and the status of the women’s movement.
“When people ask what we do, I tell them we show up, we’re there,” said Melanie Caraway, president of the Bell County Texas Democratic Women.
Founded in 1987, Texas Democratic Women works to unite women behind one common goal — the involvement of women in the political process.
“We have to be leaders in our communities,” said Laura Allen, the group’s newly elected state president and a Harker Heights resident.
Time for a new ERA
“I truly believe it’s time to start up the fight for Equal Rights Amendment,” Allen said.
“The fact that they are going to cut funding for low-income women just because they don’t like Planned Parenthood … we’re saying to them, to these women, go ahead and die,” Allen said.
The solution to all the mayhem? Go vote, Marianne Miller, chairwoman of the Bell County Democrats, said.
“Please vote, it’s your voice,” she said. “A democracy is set up as a participatory sport. If you’re not participating, then it’s not working.
“So many bills are anti-gay, anti-women, pro-gun. These aren’t the issues — we need roads, jobs, water — but you never hear anything about those. The rest is all personal, attacking a person’s constitutional rights.”
Upward and Onward
On April 14, Texas Democratic Women and the Texas Democratic Party will sponsor an event at the Capitol called Blue Ribbon Lobby Day. The second annual event will lobby legislators for equal pay for women.