The Equal Rights Amendment: what you didn’t know

December, 2018
by Sandy Oestreich, CPS Partnership Community

Did you know that the Equal Rights Amendment is not yet fully a part of the U.S. Constitution? The National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance and hundreds other ERA organizations nationwide are and have been for almost 100 years at fairly steady work to amend the U.S. Constitution since the ERA was first written in 1923 to guarantee that women and girls are treated equally with men and boys in the U.S.A.  It’s important — now more than ever — for the U.S. government to state clearly that women and men have equal rights under the law.

Over 14 months recently, two more of the three final state ratification votes occurred. Illinois has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, more than 40 years after an estimated 10,000 people marched on the Capitol building in Springfield, Ill., to urge approval. Passage requires one more state legislature’s vote for it in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona or Georgia. 94% of Americans surveyed endorse this Amendment’s passage.

Clarion call for equal rights amendment for the Public’s Safety and America’s Economy

Press Release, October, 2018
Florida, NY, DC, CA–#MeToo, the Women’s Marches, and the ascension of a questionable new SCOTUS member raise a clarion call for the U.S. Constitutional Equal Rights Amendment’s passage: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state according to sex”.

Leader of 300,000-member National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance, Sandy Oestreich, says “This Amendment means equal treatment, male and female. Sex discrimination made a violation of the U.S. Constitution. We demand that sexual assaults be seriously adjudicated as the soul-searing crime it is. Ladies and gentlemen, we have been noble too long. Thank you for rising up with us.”

Dr. Faye E. William Esq., President, Congress of Black Women notes economist research “that shows when women do have equity, America’s Gross Domestic Product can soar by 15% as in other Nations similarly. But the opposition ignores it.”

The National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance, Equal Means Equal, ERA Coalition, Congress of Black Women, Katrina’s Dream, and ERA Action, all nationwide, and many others agree. “It’s time! ” This Amendment had lain silent for 35 years. 94% of Americans surveyed endorse this Amendment’s passage. “If Washington won’t work for its constituents, we must, we WILL” say proponents.

Sandy Oestreich is the Founder and President of the National Equal Rights Amendment Alliance and Professor Emerita at Adelphi University, New York.
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