Equal Means Equal
We must pass the Equal Rights Amendment now.
Q: Are we all equal under the law?
A: No! Without the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, women in the United States don’t have basic civil or human rights under the U.S. Constitution.
96% of Americans believe that men and women are equal.
80% think equality between the sexes is already guaranteed by the Constitution. (It isn’t!)
The Equal Rights Amendment provides a fundamental legal remedy against sex discrimination for both women and men. Passing the Equal Rights Amendment would send a powerful message: the United States has zero tolerance for sex discrimination under the law.
Passing the Equal Rights Amendment is an important step toward ensuring women’s freedom.
The Amendment would ensure that laws or government action that differentiate on the basis of sex is subject to the strictest standard of review by the courts. This standard is currently applied to treatment based on religion or race.
Legislators would not be able to single out women’s basic health services for special regulation.
It would give a much needed legal boost to federal and state laws that are often inconsistent, inadequate, and subject to repeal.
Women typically earn between 79 and 44 percent of what men are paid, adjusted for their race. After passage of the Amendment, the minimum wage for tipped workers (currently $2.13) would have to be raised to the general minimum because 67% of tipped workers are women.
And lessen the motherhood penalty.
The Amendment could also be relied on the 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.
Take action NOW to support the Equal Rights Amendment, and watch this trailer from the upcoming documentary “Equal Means Equal,” feat. Equal Rights Advocates Legal Director Jennifer Reisch.
Read Patricia Arquette and Equal Rights Advocates Executive Director Noreen Farrell on seizing the moment to build the movement at Women in the World.
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Option 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.” These words come from the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a proposed women’s rights constitutional amendment that has yet to be ratified nearly 100 years after its introduction. I’ve joined Patricia Arquette and numerous women and men around the country to call on Congress to pass the ERA. Sign & share the petition at change.org/ERA.
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