If Not Now, When? Sign the Petition: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
If not now, when?
Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA national team
Alice Paul, a leader of the woman suffrage movement, proposed the original Equal Rights Amendment in 1923. It was introduced in Congress in the same year, stating: ‘Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction.”
The current Amendment reads: “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 Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”
In 1971, the Equal Rights Amendment passed the U.S. House 354-24, and prevailed in the U.S. Senate 84-8. By 1977, 35 of the required 38 state legislatures had passed the ERA. A deadline for state passage, not part of the actual Amendment, was extended in 1979 to 1982. On January 15 , 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA.
Why is the ERA not part of the U.S. Constitution? Why, indeed.
Sign our petition calling on Congress to certify the Equal Rights Amendment. Now is the time to make the Equal Rights Amendment the law of the land.
Demand Congress act, and act now. Once you’ve signed, please share it on all social media platforms and everyone you know.
This petition will be delivered to every congressional office and the White House during the first week of the July session of Congress (between 7/12-7/15).