In 350 days, U4E and Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) will introduce a resolution in the House of Representatives to remove any congressionally imposed time limit for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
In the 21st Century, women and girls are, by law, 2nd class citizens of the US. When our forefathers declared that all men are created equal and entitled to the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, they intentionally excluded women who were deemed the property of their fathers or husbands.
This artificial distinction between white, male citizens and all others established that a legal standard of comparison among human beings and their rights under law. It remains the guiding principle for interpretting the US Constitution today.
Through 26 Amendments, our country has made great strides in redefining the role and responsibilities of government to We the People . Favoritism on the basis of one's race, religion and national origin is now unconstitutional while sex discrimination remains legal. Why?
In 1848, the Declaration of Sentiments, signed by 68 women and 32 men in Seneca Falls, New York, stated that all men and women are created equal. Despite this proclamation, and the tremendous strides women have made to participate fully in society today, the only federally-guaranteed right that women have been granted under the US Constitution is the right to vote. Girls under 18 years of age have no legal rights in America today.
Therefore, all other rights for women and girls are left up to legislatures and courts to decide state-by-state, case-by-case, over and over again at tremendous taxpayer expense. The gender double-standard perpetrated by government will continue until the ERA is passed.
ERA 2015, spearheaded by United For Equality, seeks to retrieve the Equal Rights Amendment from its congressionally-imposed exile in order to complete ratification in the remaining 3 states required.