#MeToo, pay inequity renew calls for ratification of the ERA

    By: Nor Attisha on Sep 13, 2018

    Thomas H. Prol writes, “August 26 marked the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which granted women the right to vote. Against that backdrop, and with the rise of the #MeToo sexual harassment and assault movement and heightened scrutiny of pay inequity, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution appears to be enjoying a resurgence.

    The recent ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment by two additional states—Nevada on March 22, 2017, and Illinois on May 30, 2018—has revived the women’s equality movement and has emboldened activists to take up the proposed amendment which has lain dormant for nearly four decades.

    More commonly known as the “ERA,” the Equal Rights Amendment has a long, storied history in United States political discourse. A predecessor version was first introduced in Congress in 1921, and it has becomes a rallying cry of the women’s rights movement dating back to its drafting by Burlington County, New Jersey, natives Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman.”

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    Released: September 13, 2018, 3:13 pm
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