Senate committee takes historic vote to support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

Louisiana Lawmakers Finally Acknowledge Women Deserve Equal Rights

New Orleans, LA (May 31, 2017) – A Louisiana Senate committee voted today to move favorably on SCR 45, a resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The resolution was introduced by Yvonne Colomb and is co-sponsored by Senators Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson.

The Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in Congress in 1923 and reintroduced every year until its passage in 1972. The deadline for ratification by the states was extended to 1982. Louisiana was one of 15 states that did not ratify the Equal Rights Amendment before the deadline.

The Equal Rights Amendment would clarify, once and for all that sex discrimination in employment, healthcare, education, social security and more, is a violation of our constitutional rights as Americans. Specifically, it states:

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on the account of sex.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once stated, “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”

“For nearly one hundred years, generations of women have fought for the ERA,” stated Angela Adkins, Legislative Director of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Louisiana. “We cannot allow our daughters and granddaughters to continue to exist as second-class citizens in this country. We owe it to the next generation of women to finally secure our equality in the Constitution.”

“The lack of constitutional equality reaches every aspect of women’s lives, including in pay and job opportunities,” explained Camille Moran, Louisiana ERA Lobbying Director. “Not since the advocacy of women in the ‘70s and early ‘80s has there been a win in the Louisiana legislature for the ERA. This small win is a momentous victory and gives the women of Louisiana hope after a disappointing defeat on Equal Pay this session.”

“Many young women today can’t believe that equal rights for women aren’t in the Constitution,” said Michelle Erenberg, Executive Director of Lift Louisiana. “With the increase in civic participation we have seen recently, especially among women, it’s the right time to finally get serious about passing the ERA.”

The only group who opposed the resolution in the committee today was the Louisiana Family Forum.

 

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Louisiana ERA Coalition seeks to modernize America’s Constitution by fully recognizing women as equal citizens, producers and consumers within the U.S. economy. 

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women’s rights. NOW is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States with more than 500 local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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