MetroFocus: August 18, 2020

MetroFocus | August 18, 2020

The 2017 rise of the #METOO movement brought a renewed interest to women’s equality and rights. The commitment and interest helped many women win first-term seats in the 2018 midterm elections.  Now in 2020:  in addition to being a Presidential election year, and the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment – guaranteeing women the right to vote, it is also the year Virginia became the final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). So what does this mean and who were the women that paved the way for the generation we see demanding change now?  Writer and professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and visiting professor of law at Yale Law School, Julie Suk joins us tonight.  Her new book, “The Women:  The Unstoppable Mothers Of The Equal Rights Amendment”, tells the stories of the women behind a movement and how their work still resonates today.

With tick season in full swing and more people socially distancing in the great outdoors, designer Tommy Hilfiger’s daughter, Ally Hilfiger, shares a cautionary tale of how a single tick-bite she suffered as a child gave her Lyme disease, landed her in a psychiatric ward and almost took her life.