ERA

The Equal Rights Amendment

“The equal rights amendment, in sum, would dedicate the nation to a new view of the rights and responsibilities of men and women. It firmly rejects sharp legislative lines between the sexes as constitutionally tolerable. Instead, it looks toward a legal system in which each person will be judged on the basis of individual merit and not on the basis of an unalterable trait of birth that bears no necessary relationship to need or ability.”  -Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Why Do We Need the Equal Rights Amendment?

Most Americans think there is a provision in the Constitution protecting women from discrimination, but that does not exist.

Ironically, we have insisted that other countries, such as Afghanistan, include such a provision.

The Equal Rights Amendment will guarantee equal status under the law and provide bedrock legal protection when women—or men—face sex discrimination.

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.

Equal Protection would cover:

• Lack of equal pay for equal work
• Pregnancy discrimination
• Violence against women
• Other forms of sex discrimination These are widespread, but those facing sex discrimination don’t have effective legal relief.

Without the ERA, the Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex. The first — and still the only — right specifically affirmed as equal for women and men is the right to vote.

What We All Need To Do:

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a priority for the Hollywood Chapter for the National Organization for Women (Hollywood NOW).  We are identifying candidates, organizations, and current elected officials that currently support the ERA is the remaining states that have yet to ratify it.  Currently, we only need one more state to ratify the amendment, before the real legal challenges being.  
Hollywood NOW has identified Arizona as our priority state for ratifying the amendment.  Currently, we are working with groups like Equal Means Equal and ERA Now.  We will be reaching out with action items in the coming months and when their legislature is back in session to put pressure on the local elected officials to not only introduce the legislation but also successfully lobby for its passage.  An effective partnership with Arizona NOW as well as local groups on the ground will prove useful to making sure the equality for women will finally be written into our constitution.  
Please keep an eye out for future actions and trips to Arizona to make sure the ERA is passed once and for all!