ERA 2023 CAMPAIGN
A Century In the Making
THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
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.
To guarantee that whether male or female, you possess the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as equal citizens under federal, state, and local laws.
Most Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution contains the Equal Rights Amendment. It does not.
Few people realize that the United States Senate is blocking the ERA's completion today.
The Equal Rights Amendment debuted in Congress in 1923. Although Congress would debate the amendment for 50 years before approval, they required the 3/4 of the states (38 states) to approve within just 10 years.
Despite 92% of the 38 states approving equal rights for women before June 30, 1982, the ERA "expired" with just three (3) states missing. Consequently, after 228 years since the U.S. Constitution was adopted, Women are still not guaranteed equal treatment under law.
For 30 years, no one had formally challenged Congress's deadline... so we did. As citizens, we believed that we had the right to petition our government for redress as our Foremothers had done for suffrage.
We also believed that a human being's right to equality doesn't "expire" in a democracy. It exists in perpetuity. That's why we petitioned Congress to affirm its support to continue the process to include women and girls as full and equal citizens under the Constitution.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
In response to the Supreme Court decision declaring that women do not have the right to privacy and bodily autonomy that male citizens do:
1) Email or call the White House at (202) 456-1111 urging President Biden to instruct the National Archivist to certify that Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia ratified the ERA, and
2) Contact your senators urging them to vote on HJR 17/SJR1 to eliminate any previous ratification deadline, so that the ERA becomes the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.