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Carolyn Cook - Equal Rights Advocate

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When Carolyn Cook, SOC/BA ’90, was laid off from her job at Discovery Communications, she decided that corporate America was not for her and it was time to fight for something she truly believed in: women’s rights.?? After being laid off, Cook went on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton, where she was shocked at how Clinton was covered in the media compared to the other candidates.? ?Since the campaign, Cook has been working on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which expired in 1982. It was three votes short of ratification and has been introduced in every Congress since it expired. The ERA would eliminate all types of discrimination based on sex. To fight for this issue, Cook founded United for Equality, LLC, in 2010 to push for the ratification of the ERA and spread awareness about the issue.

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