Tuesday, April 30, 2019

ERA Hearing Today!

Today, April 30th, 2019, there is going to be a hearing held about the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment). This will be the first congressional hearing about the ERA in 36 years.[1] It has been almost 100 years since the original bill was introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul. Alice understood how important it was to have rights protected and guaranteed by the Constitution. After all, she was one of the women that worked hard to ratify the 19th Amendment, that gave women the right to vote.

The ERA was introduced in every session of Congress from 1923 until it passed in 1972 (and we are still waiting for it to become an amendment). From there, it needed to be ratified by 3/4 of the states, and last year Illinois finally became one of the states that have ratified. 37 of the 38 have ratified so who is holding this back? Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisianna, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. The ERA needs one more state to ratify and it will become an amendment. ONE MORE!

The Amendment states:


'Section 1. Women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

'Section 2. Congress and the several States shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

'Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.'[2]

A few brave individuals have been chosen to speak in the congressional hearing today. Politicians and activists coming together to fight for a long overdue Amendment to the Constitution. It is time for women to have equal rights both federal and statewide. You can watch it live stream here: https://now.org/blog/watch-livestream-house-judiciary-to-hold-first-era-hearing-in-36-years/

[1] https://now.org/blog/watch-livestream-house-judiciary-to-hold-first-era-hearing-in-36-years/
[2] https://www.equalrightsamendment.org/incongress

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