Full legal equality for women and men, once considered among the most radical of ideas, has now received the overwhelming endorsement of both houses of Congress in the form of an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution!
There is jubilation today among Equal Rights Amendment supporters, because after an almost 15-year struggle, the E.R.A. has been reported to a branch of Congress for the first time.
Do we still need the ERA? Yes. Equality at work is a key component of freedom, and we deserve it. So, write your legislators, agitate, and—most importantly—vote. We cannot afford further erosion of our rights as women.
“We owe it to every woman and girl in America to fight for this. I urge all of you who agree with me to pay attention, elect leaders who are not afraid to fight for what is right—and buckle up, as we are all in this together,” writes Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon Attorney General.
HJ Res 79 will now head to the Senate after a 232-183 vote—where bipartisan companion legislation has already been introduced by Senators Ben Cardin and Lisa Murkowski.
“Our message here today is quite simple,” said Rep. Speier while holding up a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution. “We want in.”
As the high-stakes elections of 2020 take shape and the Equal Rights Amendment nears final ratification, women voters will be the key to securing women’s rights.
The ERA has met the requirement of approval by three-fourths of the states and should be enshrined in the Constitution.
Mark Herring, Kwame Raoul and Aaron Ford—AGs from the three states that most recently ratified the Equal Rights Amendment—filed a landmark civil rights lawsuit Thursday to ensure that the amendment is added to the Constitution.
Ms. intends to ensure that feminists’ views on the ERA and on the problems facing the country and the nation’s political leadership are not side-lined. We can only meet these and other challenges that lie ahead in 2020 with your support,