Time for Women to have Equal Rights
Support the Equal Rights Amendment
Urge Members of Congress to cosponsor bipartisan House Joint Resolution 17 and Senate Joint Resolution 1 to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. In January 2020, the necessary three-quarters, or 38 states, ratified the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Unfortunately, the United States Archivist refused to publish and certify the ratification based on a 2020 memorandum from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of General Counsel, stating that the deadline had passed.
Congress must press forward and end any unnecessary barriers to the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1972, the initial deadline was established in the preface that stated the amendment must be “ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission by the Congress.” This set the date to March 22, 1979, and Congress has acted once to extend the deadline to June 30, 1982. The deadline must be removed to clear any remaining barriers, so that ratification can take place and gender equality will be protected by the United States Constitution.
Except with regard to the right to vote, the United States Constitution does not guarantee women the same legal status and protections guaranteed to men, and will not do so until an amendment for that purpose is included in the U.S. Constitution. For example, for survivors of sexual violence, workforce discrimination due to pregnancy, or unequal pay, the ERA provides critical support in the fight for equal justice. We believe that ratification of the ERA will lead to more equal opportunities for women in all spheres of life.