Ratification is Satisfaction!
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification."
The Equal Rights Amendment
— introduced by Alice Paul to the US Congress in 1921
Women are currently only included in the act of the Constitution, not the amendment.
Amendments are historically more permanent than acts and stronger legally.
If a woman goes to court with only an act to back her case, it's far easier to dismiss her than if she has an amendment supporting her. How often do you hear about a woman losing a court case regarding voting at her local county election? Compare that to how many cases you hear about regarding domestic violence, sexual harassment in the workplace, equal pay for equal work, equal healthcare for equal pay, etc. This is because acts have nowhere near the backing power as an amendment.
Acts are laws and can be changed just like regular old laws.
"Acts", such as the three Equal Pay acts that we've already needed in order to remind people that women deserve to be paid equally, can be overturned, repealed, or thrown out in the future unless there is a constitutional amendment - the ERA - to serve as their irrevocable foundation.
The ERA would place women into the constitution giving them full equality and citizenship. Once ratified, there will be no necessity for all these individual civil rights battles.
- ERA National Effort for Ratification
- Virginia ERA Network
Virginia NOW's ERA Information Network, © Diana Egozcue
- We Are Woman
National and state-by-unratified-state push for the ERA!!! - See more at: http://vanow.org/ratify#sthash.p6E03BUW.dpuf
The ERA means that anywhere, anytime, for any reason sex discrimination is now practiced, it must stop. For the first time in U.S. history, people would pursue their life courses according to their interests and capabilities, unhindered by their sex.
"Without the ERA, the Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex. The first — and still the only — right specifically affirmed as equal for women and men is the right to vote."
(Source: "ERA: Why")
The ERA was passed by the Congress in 1972 and sent to the states for ratification. Thirty-five states ratified it before it stalled in the 1980′s.
The non-ratifying states are Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Utah.
We only need 2 more states to ratify.
Any two states.
So what are we waiting for?
The Constitution of Virginia
Your rights within the Commonwealth