In 2020, women continue to face discrimination on the basis of sex, including unequal pay, workplace harassment, pregnancy discrimination, domestic violence, and limited access to comprehensive healthcare.
It is not enough to treat the symptoms; we must address the root cause of inequality by amending the Constitution.
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex, and would end legal distinctions between men and women in matters of employment, property, divorce, and more.
This month, Virginia finally became the 38th state to ratify the ERA, giving the proposed amendment the necessary support from three-fourths of all 50 states — the final requirement for this constitutional amendment to become a reality. However, unlike many other of our other constitutional amendments, the ERA had a deadline for ratification of ten years.
As an organization that defends democracy, the League of Women Voters believes that there cannot be a time limit on establishing equality, and final ratification of the ERA is needed to ensure equal rights for all regardless of sex.
Sign the petition today to tell Congress to eliminate the deadline on the ERA, so that the amendment can go into effect immediately.