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Ratify the ERA

Surprisingly, women are not protected by the U.S. Constitution. Join our campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Take Action to Eliminate the ERA Deadline!

When Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in 1972, they attached an arbitrary deadline to it, which is not required by the constitution. They set the deadline for 1979. It was extended once, again by Congress, to 1982. When the extended deadline expired, the ERA fell just three states short of ratification. In a renewed push for the ERA, Nevada ratified the ERA in 2017 and Illinois followed suit in 2018. We are now just one state away from ratification. In order to integrate the remaining ratifications, Congress must eliminate the original deadline.

There are two bills pending in Congress currently to do just that: Rep. Jackie Speier's bill (H.J. Res. 79) and Senator Ben Cardin's bill (S.J. Res 6). In April the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held the first official hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment in almost 40 years. On November 13, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee passes H.J. Res. 79 and it will now go to the House floor for a vote. 

Take action today and tell Congress there is #NoDeadlineOnEquality!

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