On Tuesday, January 27th, the Privileges and Elections Committee voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment bringing us one step closer to full ratification.
The Equal Rights Amendment would provide a path to reliable economic security for both women and men by guaranteeing that equal pay for equal work is enshrined in the United States Constitution. We need the Equal Rights Amendment to lift women and families out of poverty and promote household stability. This is a civil rights issue!
Without the Equal Rights Amendment laws like Lily Ledbetter and the Pay Equity Act have no teeth. There is nothing in the United States Constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex so these piecemeal laws have no judicial standing.
"Every Constitution written since the end of World War II includes a provision that men and women are citizens of equal stature. Ours does not." -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg