WHY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT IS NEEDED NOW,
especially for GIRLS AND WOMEN
WHAT'S MISSING: essentially Equal Treatment with males under the Constitution to make Sex Discrimination a Violation of The Law of the Land; adding Females to that Contract with Their Nation alongside Males:
Honorable Mention in the U.S. Constitution. Women are not named in that contract with their nation, thus have no permanent, guaranteed rights therein aside from the vote.
Fairness before the courts with case reviews using the more effective Strict Scrutiny rather than Intermediate Scrutiny, just as discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin receive.
Full rights to make important decisions about their own lives
Equal representation in elected office
Medical insurance coverage for reproductive healthcare
Fair salaries and career advancement opportunities
Necessary protection from violence
Equal treatment by America's institutions of government, banking, insurance, education, medicine, commerce, sports, religion, military, and the law.
Please Actively Advocate with state legislators and U .S. Congress members for Equal Rights Amendment hearings so that America can join all the entities and countries since WWII that already codify equality of the sexes . Check this site for how you can ACT to speed ERA passage. We assist as you wish—really.
Why This Continues Today, And Why The Equal Rights Amendment Is Still Needed
The right to vote is the only constitutionally guaranteed right that American women have.
All the rights that women have won through state and federal legislation can be lost by a vote! Legislation can be amended, repealed, inconsistently enforced, or ignored. Example: the 1964 Equal Pay Act.
Continual Congressional battles over Title IX and the Violence against Women Act, and the failure of the United States Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, otherwise known as the international women’s rights law) demonstrate that American women are still not seen as equal under the law.
The Supreme Court did not use the "equal protection" clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (1868) to strike down laws that treated men and women differently until 1971. The Court does not hold cases of sex discrimination to the same high level of "strict scrutiny", or importance, as race, religion, or national origin. If an Equal Rights Amendment were added to the U.S. Constitution, sex discrimination would likely also be accorded strict scrutiny by the courts.
Thus, women are forced to persuade the courts, on a case by case basis, that statutory sex distinctions are discriminatory and that discrimination does matter. A more conservative Supreme Court could overrule even these interpretations or refuse to apply them consistently to new cases.
Including sex discrimination in the Constitution of the United States of America is a very basic Human Rights Issue. Adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution would be a clarion statement of bedrock equality, affirming that women as well as men must be accorded all of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Continuing to allow more than half the American population to be left out of the Constitution goes against America’s fundamental democratic principles, and needs to be corrected.
Examples of What the Equal Rights Amendment Can Change
Grant the power of Constitutional equal rights for equal treatment to the sexes.
Declare unconstitutional pervasive sex discrimination in insurance, business contracts, housing, pensions, estate taxes, Social Security payouts, credit, and so forth.
Guarantee females admission to publicly supported schools and state colleges, universities and vocational schools using the same standards as males.
Require equal employment opportunity for women in federal, state and local governments.
Assure that women in the military be accorded the same benefits as men as well as fully equal treatment.
Require the same criminal penalties for men and women and the same rehabilitation opportunities.
Enhance the dignity of all humankind by proclaiming equality of women and men under the law in perpetuity.
Propel society forward by unleashing the talent and energies of ALL people, working together to forge a civilized society.
In summary, the Equal Rights Amendment would declare sex discrimination Constitutionally illegal. Two years would be permitted for correction of those practices..Americans will then be able to follow their chosen life trajectories according to their own needs, desires, and capabilities, and not simply according to their sex. FINALLY.
AMERICA WILL THUS JOIN OTHER NATIONS CREATED SINCE WWII THAT ALREADY ACCORD EQUAL TREATMENT (as mandated by the U.S.A. at the time).