Women have been second class citizens in the United States for too long and until our rights as equals are enshrined in the Constitution we will continue to be so. Unless we are considered equal in the eyes of the law, any equality we strive for elsewhere will fall short. Systemic bias will continue to flourish and women will continue to pay the price in their lives and livelihoods . How dare the United States preach superiority to the world when half of our population's rights are still not protected under the law? My home state of Washington ratified the ERA when my mother was still in high school; how much longer must we wait? As the Silent Sentinels asked in 1917, when campaigning for the basic human right of enfranchisement as citizens of their nation: "how long must women wait for liberty?" - Rachel Vette: Washington State voter, living in Scotland.