Reintroduce the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress

Reintroduce the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress

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The Equal Rights Amendment is simple in its wording, stating that “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 idea for this amendment originated in 1923, three years after women gained the right to vote. It wasn’t until the 70s that it was taken into real consideration and was passed in the house and the senate with significant bipartisan support and was then brought to the states for ratification. By 1977, 35 states had ratified it, but 38 in total were needed in order to implement the amendment. Support for the ERA waned during this time due to Phyllis Schlafly, who created the National Committee in 1972 to block its ratification. She argued that the ERA could be dangerous to women and the traditional domestic roles of women. Striking fear in the remaining states, the ERA failed to meet the 3/4th state ratification requirement and was swept under the rug. In recent years, support for the ERA has been revived, with three states (Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia) passing it in the past 5 years. Now that the majority state requirement has been achieved, it’s possible that the ERA can be added to the Constitution. However, the path is unclear due to the fact that this is an unprecedented occurrence with the deadline of the amendment. There is conflict over whether the amendment is still valid, but in February of 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress has the power to both set and abolish deadlines for amendments. This means that the ERA can still be added to the Constitution, but it would need to be reintroduced in Congress. For women nationwide, this is an essential amendment for guaranteeing equality under the law in America. Currently, there are only 24 states that ensure equal rights on the basis of sex, but these can easily be resigned. The addition of the ERA would solidify the equality of women once and for all.  

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