“Let’s paint a broader picture of who can make constitutional law than the one from Philadelphia in 1787. Let’s continue down the path toward a more perfect union. This Constitution Day, let’s spell out equality: E-R-A.”
The ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) Coalition and its sister organization, the Fund for Women’s Equality (FFWE), today unveiled its new interactive website prior to the upcoming national and state elections to identify those candidates that are pro-equality.
Helen Reddy’s life is brought to the screen for the first time in Australian director Unjoo Moon’s new biopic, “I Am Woman,” in theaters and on demand September 11.
While women’s suffrage is constitutionally protected, no where does the Constitution prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. The U.S. is a global outlier when it comes to guaranteeing constitutional equality of the sexes.
Until all women—no matter their gender identity, race, class or any other status—have a constitutional guarantee of equality on the basis of sex, they will have to rely on an incomplete patchwork of state and federal laws to protect their most basic human rights.
Suffragists were not a single-issue group—what they wanted was true equality for women, and they recognized women’s voting power was only the first step toward realizing this goal.
This is why the suffrage movement was closely linked to the larger push for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)—a struggle for gender equality that still continues today.
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.
In January of 2020, Virginia became the 38th and final state required to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But the Trump administration has refused to recognize the Amendment—so ERA advocates are now fighting back.
This fall, all eyes will be on the Senate.
“Women’s equality will be spelled out in the Constitution. And we will spell it E-R-A.”
This is the final installment in a six-part series examining the half-century fight to add women to the U.S. Constitution—and a game plan on where we go from here.
Part 6: Highlights of This Year in the Fight for the ERA
American women are currently still deprived of Constitutionally protected “equality of rights under the law”—and as recent poll has shown, voters of both genders are taking note of this absence.
A national commission established by Congress recently recommended that women be required to register with the Selective Service for any future military drafts. At the same time, the Trump administration is blocking certification of the ERA after the 38th and final state needed to ratify the Amendment voted to do so earlier this year.