To: Sen. Charles Grassley (IA-1) and The United States Senate
Sign the petition: the Equal Rights Amendment
The time has come for women to have equal protection under the law and we, the undersigned, demand you act on S.J.Res.5 - A joint resolution removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Why is this important?
The ERA is the Equal Rights Amendment
The United States Constitution does not guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex. The reality is that women are still not equal under the law. Women are not protected. While legislation has been passed throughout the years, none of these allowances are in fact secure.
One shift in public opinion combined with a change in the political majority can, and has, led to legislation that chips away at long fought and hard earned privileges. The ratification of the ERA would at long last end the legal distinctions between men and women in the United States of America.
The ERA was introduced to every single session of Congress from 1923 until it finally passed the U.S. House and Senate, in its current form on March 22, 1972. It then came barreling out of Congress and headed to the states for ratification.
Over the course of that following year, 30 of the required 38 states successfully ratified the amendment. Only 60% of states agreed that women should be afforded equal constitutional protection. Upon reaching its 7-year deadline in 1979, without achieving ratification, the deadline was extended by Congress until 1982. despite the extension, the 38 state requirement, unfortunately, remained unmet.
S.J.Res.5 removes the deadline and paves the way for the ERA to become the 28th amendment to the United States Constitution. We only need 2 more states to ratify the ERA. The time is NOW.