Patricia Arquette and ERA Launch Petition to Ratify Equal Rights Amendment
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Friday, February 26th 2016
Cynthia Foster, Equal Rights Advocates
Patricia Arquette and Equal Rights Advocates
Launch Petition Campaign to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
LOS ANGELES, CA – Academy award-winning actress Patricia Arquette has partnered with Equal Rights Advocates, the ERA Coalition, and filmmaker Kamala Lopez to launch a campaign calling for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Polling indicates that 90% of Americans support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, and despite little action from political leaders, the effort to ratify has been reinvigorated in recent months.
“We need the Equal Rights Amendment because it will set a national standard that cannot be repealed and will provide the necessary legal avenue for women to fight back against discrimination in each and every state,” said Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates. “When it comes to equal pay, pregnancy discrimination, and healthcare, women are subject to a patchwork of state and national laws that can be repealed on a political whim.”
Currently, legislation protecting women from discrimination varies state-by-state and can be repealed by lawmakers. The Equal Rights Amendment would set a national standard that cannot be repealed and applies to any woman, no matter where she lives.
The Equal Rights Amendment, which would expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, was first introduced into Congress in 1923. Although it was passed by the House and the Senate in 1972, it fell three states short of ratification before the deadline in 1982.
“I spoke out for equality on the Oscar stage last year because too many women continue to face poverty, discrimination, and violence,” said Patricia Arquette. “As a woman, a mother to a daughter, and an American, I am fighting to address the appalling inequities and hardships that remain in the U.S. The Equal Rights Amendment is needed to affirm that the core principles of our country apply equally to women and men.”
The campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment kicked off on February 26th with a Change.org petition and a series of pre-Oscar events in Los Angeles.
The ERA Coalition is made up of over 50 organizations across the country, including Equal Rights Advocates, working to ensure women have equal rights under the U.S. constitution. Equal Means Equal is a documentary film directed by Kamala Lopez, which highlights the inequities and hardships that continue to face women and the need for the Equal Rights Amendment. The film, which is now screening, features interviews with key women’s rights advocates, including Equal Rights Advocates’ Legal Director Jennifer Reisch.
To sign the petition in support of the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, visit https://www.change.org/era.
Equal Rights Advocates is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and gi