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Ratify the ERA

Surprisingly, women are not protected by the U.S. Constitution. Help us change that!

UPDATE: Take Action to Eliminate the ERA Deadline!

When Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment 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. 38) 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. This was a historic hearing, and now we need the Judiciary Committee to mark up the bill, pass it out of committee and move it to the House floor for a vote!

Take action today and tell Congress there is #NoDeadlineOnEquality!



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 two states recently ratified, Nevada in March of 2017 and Illinois in May 2018, we are currently just one state short of ratifying the ERA.

Here’s what you can do to support our campaign to enshrine women’s equality in the U.S. Constitution:

Sign up for campaign updates and action alerts from Equality Now using the form to the right.

Educate yourself: Learn more about the ERA and why we need it. Start by reading Equality Now's ERA Explainer.

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: If you live in one of the 13 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! 

Florida (Bill)
North Carolina
South Carolina
Virginia (Charlottesville, Richmond)


One great way to support the ratification of the ERA is to support us! There are many legal hurdles to overcome before the ratification process is complete. We're working on the state and federal level to assure that the ERA is ratified and becomes part of the U.S. Constitution! Donate $19 today in honor of the last amendment for women in the United States, the 19th, and support our work to ensure all women and girls are treated equally to men and boys under the law.

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