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Women’s Rights Talking Points: ERA

Equal Rights Amendment


The U.S. Constitution does not protect citizens against gender discrimination. It has become more and more clear since January 20, 2017, that we need protection against the rollback of rights. The Equal Rights Amendment will fortify Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act, equal pay rights, and other policies that ensure gender equality. You can read more about why we need the Equal Rights Amendment at this link:


You can read the text of the amendment at this link: http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/faq.htm#q1

There are two strategies in effect to support ratification of the ERA.  One is to reintroduce the amendment to Congress and begin the ratification process again.  The other, termed the “three-state-strategy,” builds on the thirty-five states that have ratified the amendment already. If three more states ratify, the amendment would succeed. You can read more about this at this link: http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/strategy.htm

Virginia is one of the 15 states that has yet to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The Virginia Senate has voted to ratify the amendment several times while the House of Delegates fails to do so. While there is not current activity on this, we need to let our representatives know their constituencies want equal rights for all. You can read more about Virginia’s history with the ERA ratification process at this link:


There are several bills this year in U.S. Congress that you can call your representative and senators about.

Senate Joint Resolution 6, introduced by Sen. Robert Menedez (D-NJ)

Track it at this link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/6/all-info?resultIndex=1

House Joint Resolution 33, introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Track it at this link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-joint-resolution/33/all-info

(These two bills would work together to re-introduce the ERA and begin the ratification process again.)

Senate Joint Resolution 5, introduced by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)

Track it at this link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/5/all-info?resultIndex=1

House Joint Resolution 53, introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)

Track it at this link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-joint-resolution/53/all-info

(These two bills would work together to ensure the success of the three-state-strategy by eliminating any time-limits on ratification.)

You can read more about all these bills at this link: http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/congress.htm

Please consider calling your representative and senators and asking them to support and/or co-sponsor these bills.

“Hello, I am a constituent from [zip code], and I am calling to voice my support for the Equal Rights Amendment.  The U.S. needs this amendment to ensure gender equality for all its citizens. I would like [Rep/Sen Name] to represent me by supporting and co-sponsoring [S.J. Res. 5/S.J. Res 6/H.J. Res. 33/H.J. Res. 53].”

Learn more about the Equal Rights Amendment and its history at these sites:








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