In Illinois, SJRCA4 provides for ratification of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. On April 11th, 2018, the Illinois Senate voted to ratify the ERA. It is now before the Illinois House of Representatives.
Illinois’ “Little ERA”
Illinois has had an equality clause in its State Constitution since 1970. We are a 48 year test-pilot for the ERA and have suffered from no unintended negative consequences. 24 other states have enacted “little ERAs” in their state constitutions. But the American population is more mobile than ever before and our rights should not end at the state line! Having a federal ERA, that is uniformly applied throughout the state, will benefit women throughout the country. It will also make class-action lawsuits for gender discrimination a legally viable option.