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Drinan on Women's Rights


Father Drinan’s last column in the National Catholic Reporter was a plea for the United States to resolve a longstanding national shame. Of 192 members of the United Nations, 185 have ratified the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women — but not the United States. Yes, that’s right. Adopted by the U.N. in 1979, the Convention has been ratified by 185 nations — but not the U.S. Shame on US. It would be a fitting tribute to Father Drinan’s tireless quest for equal justice if this nation took the steps necessary to ratify the Convention in time for the 2007 Women’s History Month observances in March.

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