The Equal Rights Amendment
VoteERA.org has been involved with the ERA in two ways. In 2013, VoteERA.org was created to pass the Oregon ERA. VoteERA.org used the Oregon initiative process and collected over 170,000 signatures to place the ERA on the statewide ballot and voters passed the ERA overwhelmingly and the Oregon constitution was amended with the ERA in 2014.
We continue our work on the ERA but for the federal ERA. Some of us at VoteERA.org have been working on the federal ERA for decades and decades. There are many women around the nation who have been working to pass the federal ERA for a half century and those are the shoulders we stand on. We also work with many organizations and partners around the nation.
We are in our 96th year of still trying to ratify the U.S. Constitution with women’s equality.
The Language of the ERA:
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced into Congress in 1923 for the purpose of establishing constitutional equality for women. The ERA passed once in 1972. To amend the U.S. Constitution, ¾’s of the states must pass the same bill in their state legislatures. There have only been two congressional bills in U.S. history to have a deadline attached to them and one was prohibition and the other the ERA. The ERA deadline was seven years and when the ERA failed to pass in enough states by the deadline, congress extended it by three more years. The ERA failed to gain more state ratifications by the final deadline of June 30, 1986.
The ratification of the ERA has stronger support throughout the nation than it has in decades. The belief is that the ERA can still be ratified to the U.S. Constitution. The goal now is to gain one more state’s ratification of the ERA. Once the 38th state has ratified, we will be working with Congress to move the ERA through the formal process of ratifying the ERA to the U.S. Constitution.
January 15, 2019: The Virginia Senate ratified the ERA by a 26-14 vote. The bill now goes to the House of Delegates where the battle begins.
May 30, 2018: Illinois became the 37th state to ratify the federal ERA.
March 22, 2017: Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the ERA.
“The need for a federal Equal Rights Amendment remains as compelling as it was in 1978, when now Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in the Harvard Women's Law Journal: "With the Equal Rights Amendment, we may expect Congress and the state legislatures to undertake in earnest, systematically and pervasively, the law revision so long deferred. And in the event of legislative default, the courts will have an unassailable basis for applying the bedrock principle: All men and all women are created equal." EqualRightsAmendment.org