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March for equality in Tempe to celebrate International Women's Day

Posted at 3:41 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 21:00:30-04

TEMPE, AZ — Sunday marks International Women’s Day and many marched as they fight for equality.

Kat Ginzel says she feels oppressed on a weekly basis, "Women are not used to getting paid as much as men. They're used to not being leaders. No one efforts to be both seen and heard.”

Ginzel along with dozens of others marched at Tempe Beach Park.

Fellow marcher, Suzanne Hug, says their goal was to educate others and show support of the Equal Rights Amendment. An amendment to the Constitution, they feel would help women overcome oppression.

"What we need to do is put sex discrimination on the same level as religious discrimination and race discrimination,” says Hug.

The Equal Rights Amendment, proposed in 1923, has been in a standstill since 1982 when the deadline for constitutional ratification passed without the necessary 38 state ratification.

Last year, the amendment finally reached 38 ratifications.

Nearly 100 years have passed since the amendment was first proposed but Ginzel, tired of being seen as "second class citizens", and Hug aren't slowing down.

Hug says, "Just because it's been longer than we expected doesn't mean we should give up."