by FAITH HANSON
As a freshman in high school, Rosie Couture checked in on proposed legislation for the Virginia Assembly regularly. In November of 2019, she was shocked to see the Equal Rights Amendment on the list. She knew about the gender gap in school, pay and healthcare, but she didn’t realize that gender equality wasn’t a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. That summer, Couture and her friend Belan Yeshigeta founded Generation Ratify, an organization dedicated to adding the ERA to the Constitution.
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Learn more about the Equal Rights Amendment:
Video on the ERA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-s61h1FH2E&t=1s
History of the ERA: https://www.eracoalition.org/the-amendment
We are the Fund for Women’s Equality: https://youtu.be/8ogt45BN_SY