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
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.
15 States that Have Not Ratified the Equal Rights Amendment
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These laws can be, and often have been, weakened or repealed by a single vote.
Remove the Deadline for ERA ratification:
38 States are needed, then Congress can remove the deadline.
Senate: Senate Joint Resolution 1 (S.J. Res. 1)
Lead sponsor: Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Introduced January 22, 2021. Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
(Coming Soon: the exact wording of the bill has not yet posted on Congress.gov. We’ll update ASAP)
Click HERE to read the bill, and see which U. S. Senators have signed on as a co-sponsors.
House of Representatives: House Joint Resolution 17 (H.J. Res. 17)
Lead sponsor: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Introduced January 21, 2021. Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment.
That notwithstanding any time limit contained in House Joint Resolution 208, 92d Congress, as agreed to in the Senate on March 22, 1972, the article of amendment proposed to the States in that joint resolution shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the United States Constitution whenever ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States.
Click HERE to read the bill, and see which U. S. Representatives have signed on as a co-sponsors.Call YOUR Representative
EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT TALKING POINTS
There is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.
Additional ERA Resources
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.