Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
It’s that simple!
First proposed in Congress in 1923, the ERA is the only way to provide legal equality of the sexes and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. In 1982, it fell three states short of the 38 needed for ratification. It remains the only clear-cut way to protect against all legal gender-based discrimination in the US, and is supported by 94% of Americans (source).
Without the ERA, women are not federally guaranteed basic rights, like:
protection against gender-based violence
reproductive health care
“Certainly, the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”
– Supreme Court Justice Scalia, 2010, UC Hastings College of Law
Learn more by watching the Award-winning documentary, Equal Means Equal.
“With a ruthless, surgical approach, Lopez breaks down legal gender inequality in the U.S.” – LA Times