The Equal Rights Amendment: A Step Toward Racial Justice
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would guarantee equal rights and protections under the law for all citizens, regardless of gender.
Although the amendment has not yet been added to the Constitution, its connection to racial justice is an important aspect to consider.
The ERA was first proposed in 1923, and it was reintroduced in every session of Congress until it finally passed in 1972. However, in order to become a part of the Constitution, it needed to be ratified by 38 states – a time limit in the amendment’s preamble also included an arbitrary deadline for ratification.
While 35 states ratified the ERA almost immediately, the final three states required only recently ratified in the last handful of years.
The Senate recently held a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment this past February 28th, 2023; the fight toward equality for all continues…