Two critically important women’s rights bills passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday: the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
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Sally Rosloff and Susan Van Trees were two of thousands of “ERA Missionaries” who gave up jobs and college, left family and friends, and headed off to one of the unratified target states—Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia and Missouri—to win the final three states required for ratification of the ERA.
Constitutional equality is as important today as it ever was.
Now, there are two paths forward for the Equal Rights Amendment: litigation and legislation.
Women are guaranteed full legal rights in only 10 countries. Sadly, the United States is not among them. But we have a chance to change that—this year.
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Representatives Maloney and Speier spoke to Ms. about prospects for the ERA finally becoming part of the U.S Constitution and what impact the Amendment will have on women and girls.
On Thursday, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) re-introduced her bill dissolving the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment with bipartisan support of more than 195 co-signers.
Soon Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will introduce an identical bill in the Senate.
Despite the political, economic and public health challenges this year—or perhaps because of them—feminists mobilized, fought for our rights, and made progress on many of the issues we care deeply about.
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Nearly 2,000 women were murdered by men in 2018 and the most common weapon used was a gun. And as in years past, Black women are more likely to experience lethal domestic violence than white women.
“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.