In the words of Alice Walker, The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any, and we are here to demonstrate the reclamation of our power. We, the youth, have proven time and time again that we are today's leaders and change-makers. From climate change strikes to gun reform laws, we have harnessed our unique voices and created a powerful impact.
What started out as a team of 14-year-old girls living in Arlington, Virginia has now turned into a nationwide movement that is engaging thousands of youth. Within ten months of our whirlwind launch, we’ve grown far past our home state, spreading all throughout the country and we’re only just beginning. There are many organizations that are dedicated to the ratification of the ERA but none are as unique as Gen Rat. We are a strictly youth-led movement whose values lie in promoting an inclusive ERA. Our collective movement has made it our focus to put marginalized voices in the forefront. It is apparent to us that a movement without a truly diverse representation of the population that any change made will not be fully inclusive.
Through harnessing the power of the youth we have accomplished in ten months what many couldn’t in years. We’ve aided in the election of many prominent legislators in the room as part of our Elect Equal Rights campaign, and now we have launched a national campaign: Generation Gender Equality, a coalition of groups dedicated to strengthening the youth voice ranging from local college groups to the National Organization of Women and PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement. We've brought the power of the youth voice to state and national legislatures, with our most recent event bringing 60 kids to the United States Senate to lobby for SJ Res 6. Together we will harness our collective voice and bring our fight to the heart of a nation, that will make a statement that no one can ignore. Among those flashier accomplishments we’ve done something truly remarkable: raise awareness for the ERA and youth activism in teens. We also have chapters of Generation Ratify across America, from New Jersey, to Florida, to Texas, to California. We've introduced them to a battle that started years before they were born and armed them with information and tools to finally end this fight once and for all.
Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment means that all Americans, regardless of their race, background, religion, national origin, and gender, are finally equal under the law. Nearly 300 years after the birth of our country, we will finally accomplish what we had set out to do; create a nation where all people, all intersections of identity, are equal to one another, and whose existence is protected by their government. Nearly 300 years ago our founding fathers stated that all people are created equal. We are here today to make sure those words ring true. Not one more generation will live in a world where they are at risk of discrimination simply because of what gender they are. After the ratification of the ERA, our generation will go on and fight for those who will continue to be left out of the Constitution, who are still discriminated against on the basis of ability and sexuality. Not one more generation without the rights of every single American ensured and secure.
Our mission is to correct the historical exclusion of women and people beyond the binary from our Constitution by mobilizing youth across the country to take action to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and advance gender equality.