The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. First introduced by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman in 1923, It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in matters of divorce, property, employment, and other issues. The recent passage of the ERA in Virginia made it the 38th state to ratify and achieved the threshold of ¾ of the American states required to add an amendment to the constitution. While our hearts were buoyed by this long awaited step, the battle may not be over yet.
We have invited four activists to talk about the background, support, and final steps to enshrine the ERA in the US constitution: