"Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are."
-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Section 1: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2: Congress shall have the authority to enforce any matters of this provision.

Section 3: This amendment shall not take effect for two years from the date of its ratification.

The purpose of this amendment is to ensure the equal treatment of all human beings regardless of sex. Most Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution already contains the Equal Rights Amendment.  It does not.  Few realize that the United States Congress obstructed the ERA's path to victory. 

Congress took 50 years to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, but turned around and limited the thirty-eight (38) states to just 10 years for ratification. 35 states approved of equal rights for women, but on June 30, 1982, the ERA "expired" just three (3) states shy of victory. Women are not guaranteed equal treatment under law.

Did you know deadlines on constitutional amendments was ? In fact, most amendments never had a deadline for ratification.  

Click here to examine the usage of time limits on the 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

For 30 years, no one challenged Congress's deadline... until we did.  We believe that a human being's right to equality doesn't "expire" in a democracy.  It exists in perpetuity.  That's why we're pushing for the process to be resumed to include women and girls in the Constitution.

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The Equal Rights Amendment will guarantee that women and men possess the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as equal citizens under federal and state law.