"We are finally within reach of true equality for girls and women in the United States, thanks to the voters of Virginia and supporters across the country."
Statement for CNN Politics from Jessica Neuwirth and Carol Jenkins, Co-Presidents of The ERA Coalition.
The prospect of Virginia becoming the 38th state to vote to ratify the ERA, which was passed by Congress in 1972 with a 7-year deadline, would fulfill the requirement outlined by the Constitution. The deadline, which was included in the preamble and not the amendment itself, was never voted on by the states. We must now turn our attention to Congress and urge them to vote to remove the deadline.
There are two bills in Congress now:
- HJ Res 38, Congresswoman Jackie Speier's bill to remove the deadline now has 215 co-sponsors, more than enough to move to a mark-up and vote. We request that Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler move swiftly to set a date for a mark-up. Once that's done, the path is clear for a full House vote and we urge Speaker Pelosi to schedule one as soon as possible.
- In the Senate, Senators Ben Cardin and Lisa Murkowski are co-sponsoring SJ Res 6, a bi-partisan effort to remove the deadline. They will only add a Democrat if a Republican signs on. So far that bill has Senators Susan Collins and Angus King on board. We urge the Senate to consider the fates of girls and women in America and sign on to the bill.
In 2020 we will celebrate a century of women's suffrage. Let's make sure we can celebrate women as fully represented citizens in our Constitution then too.
What You Need to Know & Share With Others
- The U.S. Constitution is the only major constitution that does not explicitly guarantee gender equality.
- 84% of worldwide constitutions explicitly guarantee gender equality and so should ours!
- It’s 2019 and gender equality is STILL NOT guaranteed in our Constitution. Vote for people who support gender equality
- What the ERA would do is "make the fact that the Constitution protects against sex discrimination a point beyond debate, a point that doesn’t rely on who’s on the Supreme Court on any specific occasion" -- Emily Martin@nwlc
- The ERA will create a permanent, uniform, and national standard for eliminating sex discrimination by the government at all levels and would ensure gender discrimination receives the same level of judicial review as discrimination based on race and religion.
- 94% of Americans agree that the Constitution should guarantee equal rights regardless of gender.
- 80% of Americans believe the Constitution already does guarantees equal rights regardless of gender. IT DOES NOT!
From The Alice Paul Institute, October 25, 2019