Complete Text of the Proposed Amendment

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women. The ERA was originally written by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman. In 1923, it was introduced in the Congress for the first time. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress and went to the state legislatures for ratification.

The resolution in Congress that proposed the amendment set a ratification deadline of March 22, 1979. Through 1977, the amendment received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. Five states later rescinded their ratifications before the 1979 deadline, though the validity of these rescissions is disputed. In 1978, a joint resolution of Congress extended the ratification deadline to June 30, 1982, but no further states ratified the amendment before the passing of the second deadline. Several feminist organizations, disputing the validity and/or the permanence of the ratification deadline, and also disputing the validity of the five rescissions, continue to work at the federal and state levels for the adoption of the ERA.

– Let us know whether you will help us mobilize support across the country. And if you will share your contact info, we will keep you informed about how things go and let you know how you can help along the way.We have been second-class citizens long enough! If we all come together IN FORCE, we can force them to respond. TOGETHER, we can do this.Thank you in advance for your help!

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How to get involved:

• ERA Now Facebook community page,
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ERA Now is a nationwide grassroots organization fighting for ratification of the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment. The group, founded on Facebook in 2009, has over 4000 members and 17 chapters, and brings together members of many other organizations to take unified action to establish equal rights and protections for women that are not subject to change at the whim of legislators.