Do More to Ratify the ERA
Women are not protected by the U.S. Constitution. Help us change that!
It's time for Equal Rights in the US!
Many people think women are already protected by the U.S. Constitution--after all, many other countries have constitutional protections for women--but the U.S. does not! The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees women's rights. After three states recently ratified, Nevada in March of 2017, Illinois in May 2018 and Virginia in January 2020 the next step is to eliminate the arbitrary original deadline put in place by Congress in 1979.
On November 13, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee passed Rep. Jackie Speier's H.J. Res. 79 to eliminate the original deadline. Next, in February 2020, The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 79. We now must urge Senators to pass S.J. Res. 6, another joint resolution to eliminate the deadline. It is more important than ever to urge Senators to eliminate the original deadline!
Here’s what you can do to support our campaign to enshrine women’s equality in the U.S. Constitution:
Donate to support our ERA ratification efforts.
There are many legal hurdles to overcome before the ratification process is complete. We're working on the state and federal level to ensure that the ERA is ratified and becomes part of the U.S. Constitution.
Educate yourself: Learn more about the ERA and why we need it. Start by reading Equality Now's ERA Explainer. Listen to the Ordinary Equality Podcast hosted by Kate Kelly and produced by Wonder Media Network.
Educate others: Let others in your community know that women are still not protected under our constitution. Download this Action Sheet to share. Talk about it on social media, let your friends, family and neighbors know that the ERA is close to ratification! Use the hashtags #ERANow and #RatifyERA
Act nationally: Join the national ERA Coalition. This is also a good way to connect to others doing work in your state.
Act locally: Although we've reached the 38 state threshold, it will be easier to convince Congress to enshrine this amendment in the U.S. Constitution if the remaining 12 states ratify as well. If you live in one of the 12 states that have yet to ratify the ERA, you can get connected to local activists and support the ratification push in your state. You can also contact your state representatives and tell them that you want them to vote for the ratification of the ERA in your state!