I’m still musing about the Equal Rights Amendment.
I was a smidgen too young to join marches and demonstrations that led to the Civil Rights Amendment, so my first ones were for the ERA.
As you know, the amendment bans discrimination on the basis of sex.
Although Congress passed the ERA in 1972, they imposed a year–1982–by which it had to be adopted by 38 states. Thirty-five states, including Tennessee, adopted it within that time frame.
ERA proponents have been working since then to get the ERA adopted by last three states, and finally, with Virginia, they have succeeded!
Now, the last three states to ratify—Virginia, Illinois, and Nevada—are suing, saying the Constitution doesn’t give Congress the power to set a deadline on the ratification process.
It’s really time to have the Equal Rights Amendment added to our Constitution. What better way to celebrate 100 years of women’s right to vote than by FINALLY having the ERA ratified?!
Here it is, in all its simplicity.
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.