Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment now in the hands of voters
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Equal Rights Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that is designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex.
It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, pregnancy discrimination and more. Section one of the ERA states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on account of sex.”
The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced by Alice Paul in 1923 at the Seneca Falls Convention commemorating 75 years since the original in 1848. It was introduced in Congress in the same year. The ERA was passed by Congress in 1972, but Congress set a deadline for ratification that was extended once and has since expired.
Nevada ratified the ERA in 2017 and Illinois did so in 2018, becoming the 36th and 37th states to do so. The Archivist of the United States will officially receive the state’s certification of the legislature’ approval. In meetings and letters, the current archivist has stated that he would accept the ERA in the Constitution once ratified by a 38th state. That 38th state is Virginia, a now Democratic State Senate district.
The Virginia state legislature will take up the ERA ratification in January 2020. Once the bills go through the ERA-friendly committees, they will go to the floors of the state’s House and Senate, needing a simple majority vote to pass.
Antoinette Munoz, Co-President of the SD area chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women), was in studio to talk about the future of the ERA.
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