If Not Now, When? Sign the Petition: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Jul 6, 2022 | PDA News

If not now, when?
Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA national team


Tell Congress and the President to Certify the Ratification of the ERA


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).

Click here to sign the petition.



  1. Mary Anne DeSantis

    I concur with all that’s been said above.

  2. Carole Mills

    To lose rights we fought so hard to achieve is unacceptable. We must continue in the struggle no matter how many set backs we face.

  3. Susan L Triolo

    Let’s go! Let’s get this done. i believe it’s 2 states to go

    • Janis Kay

      Actually the last 2 states came through. 2018 was Illinois and 2020 was Virginia! We just NEED Congress to act NOW!

  4. Adam Loce

    It’s past time for the ERA to be the law of the land. I’m baffled that this hasn’t happened yet. As a U.S. citizen, husband, and soon-to-be father, I can’t imagine living in a world where women and men were not afforded the same rights under the law, and I’m counting on my representatives to support the passage of the ERA.