The Equal Rights Amendment And Why It Matters

Alice Paul. Public Domain.
Alice Paul. Public Domain.

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would guarantee equal rights under the law for all citizens regardless of their gender. The amendment was first proposed in 1923 by suffragist leaders Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman, and it has been reintroduced in every session of Congress since then.

It has been 100 years since the ERA was first proposed.

Although the ERA was passed by Congress in 1972 and sent to the states for ratification, it fell short of the necessary 38 states needed for ratification by the arbitrary 1982 extended time limit. Since then, there have been ongoing efforts to publish the ERA, and in 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amendment, reaching the required number of states needed for ratification.

The Equal Rights Amendment has met the requirements set forth in Article V of the Constitution, though it has yet to be published…

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