Monday marks the start of the the Democratic National Convention—and for the first time in history, it’s being held virtually.
On Tuesday, a powerhouse lineup—including feminist leaders like Dolores Huerta, Eleanor Smeal and Gloria Steinem—will convene (albeit, virtually) to discuss what it will take to push the Equal Rights Amendment over the finish line and finally enshrine equality into the Constitution.
- Carol Jenkins, CEO and co-president of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality.
- Eleanor Smeal, co-Founder and president of Feminist Majority Foundation.
- Dolores Huerta, activist and co-founder of United Farm Workers.
- Gloria Steinem, writer and activist.
- Sen. Pat Spearman, Nevada state senator.
- Tina Tchen, CEO of Time’s Up.
- Alyssa Milano, actor and ERA activist.
- Kimberly Peeler-Allen, board chair of the ERA Coalition.
- S. Mona Sinha, board Chair of the Fund for Women’s Equality.
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Earlier this year, under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House of Representatives voted to remove the arbitrary time line for the ERA with a bipartisan 232–183 vote.
However, Senate leader Mitch McConnell has said he personally opposes the ERA legislation—so for now, the ERA bill joins the 400 others sitting in the “legislative graveyard” of the Senate.
But in February, Pelosi also said she believes the effort to revive the ERA can attract bipartisan support in the Senate, regardless of whether McConnell agrees to bring it to the floor.
Outside of Washington, a record-high majority of Americans—83 percent—believe the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) should be ratified and incorporated into the U.S. Constitution, according to a May survey, the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2020 Survey of Civic Literacy.
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