It's Time to Ratify the ERA
Yesterday, Louisiana State Senator J.P. Morrell introduced a resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA is a proposed Constitutional Amendment that guarantees gender equality. It was introduced in 1923 - almost 100 years ago - and passed by Congress with bipartisan support in 1972. Since then, 37 states have approved it. Ratification by one more state is needed to implement it.
What does it say?
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Lift Louisiana has joined the LA Ratify ERA Coalition to support the resolution. The only Constitutional guarentee women have is the
right to vote. We can advocate for policies and laws that combat discrimination against women, including pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and assault, and fair pay. With the ERA we are guarantees a right that many Americans take for granted: the right to be free from government discrimination on the basis of gender.
The Amendment could address differential treatment of pregnant workers and mothers, whose rights under current laws have been chipped away. The Supreme Court has held that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy is not discrimination on the basis of sex under current constitutional provisions.
80% think equality between the sexes is already guaranteed by the Constitution. (It isn’t!)
Learn more at www.laratifyera.org