"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."
Why we need the ERA
Legal discrimination on the basis of sex is not a concept of the past. Furthermore, the progress of the past 60 years is not irreversible. Present-day gender inequities result more from individual behavior and social practices than from legal discrimination; however, when the U.S. Constitution declares zero tolerance for any form of sex discrimination, a strong and influential message will ring to combat sexism. The ERA will encourage a legal system that fairly takes into account people's experiences regardless of their sex. Until the Constitution is amended to outright state that equality of rights cannot be denied or abridged on account of sex, the political and judicial victories women have achieved with over two centuries are at risk of reversal at any time, now or in the future.
History of the ERA
The fight for equal rights in the United States has an intricate history full of advocacy and activism from people of all genders who believe in constitutionally protected gender equality. From Cady Stanton's and Lucretia Mott's demand for women’s suffrage in 1848 at the first Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, to when New York saw the introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment by Alice Paul in 1923, it is all too gender equality is an ongoing fight.
The need for a federal Equal Rights Amendment is clear and the reasoning is no less compelling than when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in the Harvard Women's Law Journal: "With the Equal Rights Amendment, we may expect Congress and the state legislatures to undertake in earnest, systematically and pervasively, the law revision so long deferred. And in the event of legislative default, the courts will have an unassailable basis for applying the bedrock principle: All men and all women are created equal." Click "learn more" to understand how we can ratify the ERA into the