Equal Rights Amendment – ERA Ratification

Steps to Ratify the ERA

  • DONE: 38 States to Ratify

  • Remove the Deadline for Ratification in the House and Senate

  • Send it to the Supreme Court

  • WIN Equal Rights for Women Under the constitution

Ratify the ERA

Equal Rights Amendment -Three State Strategy

38 states have ratified. Virginia ratified the ERA in Jan 2020, Illinois ratified the ERA in June 2018.   Nevada ratified the Equal Rights Amendment in March 2017. Additionally, several more states are still working to ratify.

 Lawsuits have been filed to ensure the Archivist recognizes the ratification. 5 State Atty Generals have challenged the ratification with a lawsuit arguing the deadline has passed. 3 State Atty Generals have filed a lawsuit demanding certification of the amendment. And a coalition of groups have filed a lawsuit to argue the original deadline unconstitutional.

Zonta Clubs across the US are working to help with state level ratification, and to encourage their Senators and House Representatives to cosponsor the bills to remove the deadline for Ratification.

More on the Legal Strategy behind this approach.

The 12 15 States that Have Not Ratified the Equal Rights Amendment

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Louisiana
Mississippi
Missouri
Nevada
North Carolina
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Utah
Virginia

Why we need the ERA

 

 ERA Guarantees Rights

The Equal Rights Amendment will guarantee equal status under the law and provide bedrock legal protection when women—or men—face sex discrimination. Protection would cover:
• Lack of equal pay for equal work
• Pregnancy discrimination
• Violence against women
• Other forms of sex discrimination

State laws are not uniform.
and federal laws are not comprehensive.

These laws can be, and often have been, weakened or repealed by a single vote.

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Remove the Deadline for ERA ratification:

38 States are needed, then Congress can remove the deadline. Here is the latest update on the ERA Related Federal Bills in 2019/2020

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2019
State Bills To Ratify ERa

Virginia:

Ratified

Arizona:

Senate Resolutions AZ SCR1009 | 2019 | Fifty-fourth Legislature 1st Regular ,

There’s also SCR1006 not sure of the difference

Florida

#SCR266 Senate Bill to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Senator Lori Berman​

Florida State Representative Dotie Joseph​ filed #HB209 for Florida to ratify the ERA.

North Carolina

TBD

Georgia:

Senate: SR55  1/30/19 Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) will announce new legislation to accompany Senate Resolution 55, introduced this week by Senator Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta), that calls on the Georgia Legislature to ratify the U.S. Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing equal treatment for women under the law

House: Hr16

South Carolina:

House: Joint Resolution H 3340 Sponsors: Reps. Stavrinakis, McCoy, Norrell, Rose, Bernstein and Cogswell

Mississippi:

House: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2019/pdf/history/HC/HC0005.xml

Additional ERA Resources

(courtesy of District 11with additions)

Good information with state by state how to get involved  www.ratifyera.org

ERA Coalition Website on The Equal Rights Amendment

Facts about the Equal Rights Amendment”

 “Why we Need ERA” – “Myths and Facts About the Equal Rights Amendment”

Audio Visual sources

ERA Resolution, Any State Club Template 2009

ERA timeline

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights Quotes

The Equal Rights Amendment and Same-Sex Marriage

Additional Information:
https://www.eraaction.org

www.equalrightsamendment.org
A website created by the Alice Paul Institute in collaboration with the ERA Task Force (established 1999 of the National Council of Women”s Organizations, a non-partisan network of more than 200 women”s organizations founded in 1982 in response to the expiration of the deadline for ERA ratification.