SEATTLE - March is Women's History Month and some Washington human
rights advocates say it's the right time to remind the Obama
administration that women still have not reached equality.
Roslyn Solomon, chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission,
says her group has been able to persuade the City of Seattle to take
stands in favor of a person's right to health care. She believes both
local and federal governments have a roll to play in securing certain
"It's the opposite of somebody who is a libertarian or a teabagger who
says, 'Get government out of my life.' we say that the government has an
obligation to enable the individual to thrive and live a life of
The Seattle Human Rights Commission supports women's rights and
focuses its work in related areas, says Solomon.
"We're encouraging the city to look at issues around housing, education,
public safety-health, as human rights."
Lisa Crooms, steering committee chair for the campaign, says the
positions taken by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination
Against Women need to be ratified. She says many people around the world
are surprised that human rights is still an issue in the United States.
"People do look to us as being advanced, but the reality is that the
state of human rights as a domestic matter in the United States fails to
measure up to the rhetoric that tends to be deployed internationally."
The Campaign for a New Domestic Human Rights Agenda, is made up of some
50 U.S. based organizations, and is pushing for the Obama administration
to honor its human rights commitments both in the United States and