The League of Women Voters has long been at the forefront in the battle to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. We were visible and active as supporters lobbied, marched, rallied, petitioned, picketed, went on hunger strikes, and committed acts of civil disobedience between 1972 and 1982.
Now, the E.R.A. has returned, nearing the 38 required states to add a guarantee in the Constitution for equal legal rights for all Americans regardless of sex.
Two different types of ERA legislation have been introduced in the current session of Congress:
- Traditional legislation to ratify the ERA by the Constitution’s Article V ratification process, and
- “Three-state strategy” legislation to remove the time limit on the ERA’s ratification process and declare it complete when three-fourths (38) of the states ratify, thereby retaining the existing 35 state ratifications as viable.
The LWVUS at its recent national convention passed the following motion in support of the effort:
Be it resolved that the LWVUS supports an emphasis on the ERA this year and every year until the ERA is ratified and becomes a U.S. Constitutional Amendment. Be it resolved that the LWVUS supports efforts to remove the time limits for ratification of the ERA.