LWV Letter Writing, Saturday, February 19, 2022, 10:00 AM via Zoom

Come learn about the current status of the Equal Rights Amendment and get busy writing letters.

Contact Pat Johnson for the Zoom link. pjohnson2@udayton.edu

The Equal Rights Amendment :

SECTION 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. 

SEC. 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. 

SEC. 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

Two years ago, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amendment.  The ERA should have gone into effect on January 27, 2022, as President Biden announced:

Statement from President Biden on the Equal Rights Amendment, January 27, 2022 

“Today, as the House announces a resolution on the Equal Rights Amendment, I once again want to express my support for the ERA loudly and clearly. I have been a strong supporter of the ERA ever since I first ran for the Senate as a 29-year-old. We must recognize the clear will of the American people and definitively enshrine the principle of gender equality in the Constitution. It is long past time that we put all doubt to rest. I am calling on Congress to act immediately to pass a resolution recognizing ratification of the ERA. As the recently published Office of Legal Counsel memorandum makes clear, there is nothing standing in Congress’s way from doing so. No one should be discriminated against based on their sex—and we, as a nation, must stand up for full women’s equality.”

So, why is it not now the 28th Amendment to the Constitution?

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