Washington, DC –– Following the news that Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives and Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the Senate to remove the time limit on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amendment in January of 2020, thus fulfilling all constitutional requirements set forth in Article V. However, Congress arbitrarily inserted a seven-year time limit for ratification with a three-year extension when it proposed and passed the ERA in 1972. Even though the ERA has met all the constitutional requirements for an amendment, making it both valid and enforceable today, it has yet to be published as part of the Constitution. To eliminate any doubt that the ERA is now the 28th Amendment to the Constitution, Congress should vote to support the joint resolutions proposed today affirming the Equal Rights Amendment and removing the arbitrary time limit.
The date of January 27, 2022 ended a two-year waiting period for the ERA to go into effect after meeting all the constitutional requirements. The Attorneys General in two of the last three states to ratify the ERA, Nevada and Illinois, are suing the U.S. Archivist to force publication of the ERA to the U.S. Constitution. The ERA Coalition will continue pursuing all avenues to push for full recognition.
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We’re a member of the ERA Coalition, a group that’s acutely aware of the fact that 2023 is the 100th anniversary of US women working for an equal rights amendment to the US Constitution.
An article in Ms. Magazine delivered a truckload of caution the other day about believing passage of legislation designed to lift the time limits is right around the corner. An article published 1/31/2023 by Roxy Szal says that Republican Party elected representatives are opposed and many in the US Senate are part of an effort to stall any movement forward.
Is there any hope? Miracles can still happen.
TWO PARAGRAPHS OF AN ARTICLE IN MS.MAGAZINE
Some highlights of the Ms.Magazine article:
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