GenERAtion Ratify is the youth-led movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. This amendment was first introduced in 1923. It is now 2019 and it’s about time the ERA is passed. This amendment will work to eliminate legal discrimination on the basis of sex. After nearly 80 years of fighting, it’s time to change the face of the movement by including the next generation- the youth. The youth have proven time and time again that they are today’s leaders and change-makers. From climate change strikes to gun reform laws, the youth have harnessed their unique voices and created a powerful impact. It’s time to add the ERA to the youth agenda.
The Equal Rights Amendment
The Equal Rights Amendment is a proposed amendment for the United States Constitution that was created with the intent to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex; it was proposed in 1923 in efforts to eliminate any and all legal distinctions between the sexes in regards to divorce, property, employment, and other matters. The amendment states:
"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.
Section 2: The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3: This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification."