WHAT IS THE ERA?
If you have seen any documentary on the history of the Feminist movement, you likely know that the Equal Rights Amendment was a “thing” in the ‘70s that women involved in NOW (the National Organization of Women) were working on getting ratified. It was written by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman, and first introduced to Congress in 1923.
The ERA was a proposed amendment to the US constitution that would guarantee equal rights for women. Unlike any other proposed amendment, congress set a deadline for ratification, forcing supporters to garner the ratification of 38 states by March 22, 1979. Even with an extension to June 1982, only 35 states supported the proposal, so to this day, women's rights remain unrepresented in the US constitution.
You might be surprised to learn that the ERA is literally one sentence in length. While the rights it affords women may encompass everything from federally protected rights to equal pay and freedom to make our own decisions about our bodies. The language is simple and elegant:
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Women Working for Women LA co-hosted a meet-up in March with The Feminist Majority, the foundation that publishes Ms. Magazine and is currently spearheading the new wave of ERA supporters.
Unalternative Facts on the ERA
FACT: After the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, suffragist leader Alice Paulintroduced the ERA in 1923 as the next step in bringing "equal justice under law" to all citizens.
FACT: In 1972, the ERA was finally passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification.
FACT: The ERA has been introduced into every Congress since the deadline, and beginning in 1994, ERA advocates have been pursuing two different routes to ratification:
1.) The traditional process described in Article V of the Constitution (passage by a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the House of Representative, followed by ratification by three quarters of the states)
2.) The innovative "three-state strategy" (ratification in three more of the 15 state legislatures that did not ratify the ERA in 1972-82, based on legal analysis that when three more states vote yes, this process could withstand legal challenge and accomplish ratification of the ERA).
All Facts sourced from The Equal Rights Amendment Org.
Community Chapter Highlights
-This past week our D.C. chapter launched with their first event!
-Our LA chapter had it's second event co-hosted by the Feminist Majority Foundation!
-Maui will be launching their chapter in April with guest speaker Maui Councilwoman Elle Cochran! Details to follow!
-New York has it's second event this coming Saturday with guest speaker Floriane from the Center for Reproductive Rights!
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