Sunday, May 26, 2019

New era for the ERA? 35 years later, will Equal Rights Amendment finally be ratified?

A bill by Rep. Jackie Spear would eliminate the 1982 deadline, leaving the ERA just one state away from becoming a part of the U.S. Constitution.

Activists and lawmakers testified last week before a House Judiciary subcommittee in the first congressional hearings on the Equal Rights Amendment in more than 35 years. The constitutional amendment was approved by Congress in 1972, and was ratified by 35 states over the next decade – three states short of the required total needed by a 1982 deadline. Nevada and Illinois have since ratified the amendment. A bill by Rep. Jackie Spear would eliminate the 1982 deadline, leaving the ERA just one state away from becoming a part of the U.S. Constitution. We speak with co-presidents and CEOs of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality: Carol Jenkins and Jessica Neuwirth. Neuwirth is also the author of the book “Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment is Now.”

Guests

  • Jessica Neuwirthis a founder and co-President of ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality. She is the author of the book “Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment is Now.”
  • Carol Jenkinsco-president and CEO of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality.
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