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The ERA Discharge Petition: Where Does It Stand?

On July 18, 2023, Congresswoman Ayanna Presley (MA-07) motioned to discharge the Joint Resolution Equal Rights Amendment Act, supported by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), as well as Congresswomen Madeleine Dean (PA-04), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Cori Bush (MO-01), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), and Sydney Kamlager-Dove (CA-37), from […]

Abortion

Pennsylvania Equal Rights Amendment Provides Win for Abortion Access

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released an opinion on abortion rights following a long legal battle in Allegheny Reproductive Health Center et al. v. PA Department of Human Services et al. The case, litigated by the Women’s Law Project under the leadership of Susan Frietsche, centered around the state statute that bans Pennsylvania’s Medicaid […]

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“The Equal Rights Amendment Has Been Ratified. It Is the Law”: U.S. House Resolution Declares ERA 28th Amendment

by Carrie N. Baker for Ms. Magazine In an opinion issued on Wednesday, Jan. 26, the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) helped clear the way for the Equal Rights Amendment, according to leading ERA advocates. In January of 2020, under Trump, the OLC issued an opinion arguing that Congress had no power to remove a […]

On the Hill Press Releases

ERA Coalition and Partners to Rally at White House, Host Virtual Press Conference Marking Date Equal Rights Amendment Must Be In Effect

Sen. Cardin, Chairwoman Maloney, Congresswoman Speier To Speak at Press Conference Washington, D.C. –– After nearly a century of work, Thursday, January 27 marks the end of the two-year waiting period for the Equal Rights Amendment to go into effect across the country after meeting all of the constitutional requirements. To commemorate the day, the ERA […]

Activism On the Hill

House Oversight and Reform Committee Holds Historic Hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment

On Thursday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing about the Equal Rights Amendment. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the Oversight Committee, started the hearing by stating that the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has met all requirements for the adoption of a United States Constitutional Amendment. It was ratified by 2/3 of both […]

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15,000 ERA Supporters Urge Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to End the Filibuster

This piece was written by Aviva Dove-Viebahn for Ms. magazine. In the sweltering heat of a midday desert sun, a delegation of women’s rights activists and leaders gathered in front of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s Phoenix field office. Their goal? To deliver thousands of letters, postcards and petitions from Arizona and across the country imploring the senator to align […]

Courts

Virginia, Nevada, and Illinois Will Appeal Ruling on ERA

On Monday, Virginia, Nevada, and Illinois filed notice that they will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the states’ votes to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment were too late. Virginia led the appeal, with the other states joining. “Throughout the years, efforts to have the Equal Rights Amendment added to the Constitution have met with […]

On the Hill

House Votes to Remove Arbitrary Timeline on the ERA and Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act

Today, the House of Representatives voted 222-204 to remove the arbitrary timeline on the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. “Today the United States House of Representatives voted that there is no time limit on equality,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. “Now it’s up to the Senate to agree and clear […]

Activism On the Hill

The Feminist Majority Joins The ERA Coalition in Urging Biden-Harris Administration to Prioritize Enshrining the ERA into the US Constitution

The Feminist Majority has signed on to a letter sent by The ERA Coalition to the Biden-Harris administration calling for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to finally be enshrined in the U.S. Constitution within the first 100 days of the Biden presidency. President Biden and Vice President Harris are both strong supporters of the ERA. […]

Activism On the Hill

Senators and Members of Congress Reintroduce Joint Resolution to Remove Timeline on the Equal Rights Amendment

Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY), along with 195 cosponsors, reintroduced the House Joint Resolution to remove the arbitrary deadline for ratification from the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)’s preamble. Its companion joint resolution was introduced in the Senate today by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).  Representative Jackie […]

Politics

Virginia Governor Calls Special Session on Guns

Tuesday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called a special session on guns in response to the May 31 Virginia Beach shooting; however, Republicans adjourned the legislature until November after 90 minutes in session. The Governor hoped to pass bills on gun control to prevent further mass shootings in a state with some of the weakest gun […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Virginia Redistricting

On Monday, June 17th,  the Supreme Court decided to uphold district re-drawings in spite of republican’s challenge to reverse racially gerrymandered districts. Written by Justice Ginsburg, majority 5-4 decision states Virginia preferred to “stop than fight on,” illuminating that they are ready for an election with these already redrawn districts. These districts were originally drawn […]

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Equal Rights Amendment Introduced to Louisiana State Senate

Today the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution was introduced in the Louisiana Senate by Louisiana State Senator Jean-Paul Morrell. It has been 47 years since the Louisiana Senate has voted in favor of ratifying women’s equality into the U.S. Constitution. HCR2 was also introduced in the Louisiana State House by Representative Robert […]