On Thursday afternoon, around 150 activists and women’s rights leaders from across the country gathered in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, across from the U.S. Senate, to rally for removal of the arbitrary timeline placed in the preamble of the Equal Rights Amendment.
In the rubble of what’s left of American commitments to international organizations, one survivor is doing well. The United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA, the perennial target of Republican politicians and presidents since the 1980s, is thriving.
The American Civil Liberties Union is dedicating a full-page ad to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who first rose to national prominence as an ACLU lawyer fighting for equal rights for women. The organization will also be dedicating the ACLU Center for Liberty as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Liberty Center in Justice Ginsburg’s honor.
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.