Surprisingly, women are not protected by the U.S. Constitution. Join our campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment by calling on your Senators to support the elimination of the ERA deadline.
Take action today and tell Congress there is #NoDeadlineOnEquality
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, Illinois followed suit in 2018 and Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA in January 2020.
A joint resolution has been introduced in Congress currently to do just that. On 21 January 2021, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) announced the bipartisan legislation, which reads simply:
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That notwithstanding any time limit contained in House Joint Resolution 208, 92nd Congress, as agreed to in the Senate on March 22, 1972, the article of amendment proposed to the States in that joint resolution shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution whenever ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States.
On 17 March 2021, the House passed joint resolution 222-204. Now it’s time to urge the Senate to support this resolution.