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Why Military Women Need the ERA

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Diana Danis was the first military woman writing and anchoring radio news on the American Forces Network, Europe in 1974. Danis highlighted the accomplishments of women in the military during her tenure. She pushed members of Congress to investigate sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape in the military as well as lack of services in the VA for mental health treatment. She testified several times in 1991, 92 (Tail hook era) and 93 before House and Senate Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees about out of control conditions in the services, victim-blaming, closing of ranks, retaliation and retraumatization of survivors in both DOD and the VA systems.

Paula J. Caplan is a clinical and research psychologist, playwright, director, and actor. She received her A.B. with honors from Radcliffe College of Harvard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Duke University. She is the author of 11 books, the most recent of which is When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, which won three national nonfiction awards.

The Honorable Betty Folliard is co-owner of Strategy Partners - a business and political consulting firm. Having worked in government at the local, state & national levels, Ms. Folliard served five years, two as vice chair, of the Hopkins School District Board of Directors. She was elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 1996 where she served three terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives - focusing on education, clean environment, strong communities and women’s issues. She then spent 3 1/2 years as Community Representative in the office of Congressman Keith Ellison. Currently she serves as Board Chair of two non-profit boards: Gender Justice - a nonprofit law firm specializing in eliminating gender barriers; and PRISM - a social services organization serving the community with basic needs services.