“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 powerful words were conceived by American suffragist Alice Paul. In 1923, she envisioned that the women of America would be guaranteed the same freedoms and rights that men originally achieved in 1776.
After 49 years, Alice Paul’s Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) finally gained passage in Congress in 1972. But only 35 of the needed 38 states achieved ratification within the required timeframe. The ERA has seen new life, with Nevada becoming the 36th state to ratify, followed recently by Illinois. When 38 states achieve ratification, legal analysis shows a case can be made to enact the ERA.
The ERA is as relevant to American women today as it was nearly 100 years ago. The ERA guarantees equality for women under the law and protects women from gender discrimination. The ERA will establish a legal precedent for equal pay for equal work, equal access to education and health care, and allow us to legally contest economic inequalities, pregnancy discrimination, and violence against women.
Join the League of Women Voters of Arizona in advocating for Arizona to become the final state to ratify the ERA. This is the second consecutive year that an ERA bill failed to see a vote in the state legislature. We must convince our state legislators to prioritize the ERA. Arizona holds the key to constitutionally guaranteed equality for all women.
League of Women Voters of Arizona