Or as we like to call it … “The Year of the ERA”!
The following proof is offered:
This is BIG!!!
That’s because women are not in the Constitution! The Equal Rights Amendment would correct that omission, by specifically adding the word “sex” to the language of the Constitution as a category that cannot be discriminated against.
Sex would join “religion” (1st Amendment) and “race” (15th Amendment) as categories that get the highest level of judicial review when determining cases of discrimination. The ERA would provide women with equal justice under law, regardless of state or jurisdiction. A standard they do not currently enjoy.
Passing the ERA at the federal level is our primary objective. We want to flood our legislators’ DC office with calls of support.
HERE'S HOW YOU DO IT ...
As of today, the SENATE Resolution has only two signatures. It needs 51 to pass (last year it had 49 signatures, but Senator Graham, as Chair of the Judiciary Committee, blocked it from any discussion).
Contact Senator Graham @ 202-224-5972; Senator Scott @ 202-224-6121.
When the staff person answers say something like, “My name is ______ and I am a resident of South Carolina who supports the removal of the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment. I want Senator ______ to sign on as a cosponsor of S.J.Res.1.”
Chances are, you’ll just be leaving a message. If so, you should repeat your name and give your address. If you want to leave an additional message at your local office, or send an email, the name links above will give you that senator's information.
The HOUSE Resolution currently has 202 signatures. It needs 220 to pass (it passed last year, but thanks to Senator Graham, it died in the Senate).
No South Carolina Reps have signed on. If you do not know who your representative is, click here. The “Contact Your Member” look-up is in the far right column. If you know who your representative is, use the information below.
District 1: Nancy Mace 202-225-3176
District 2: Joe Wilson 202-225-2452
District 3: Jeff Duncan 202-225-5301
District 4: William Timmons 202-225-6030
District 5: Ralph Norman 202-225-5501
District 6: James “Jim” Clyburn 202-225-3315
District 7: Tom Rice 202-225-9895
Again, when the staff person answers … “My name is ______ and I am a constituent who supports the removal of the deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment. I want Representative ______ to sign on as a cosponsor of H.J.Res.17.” Additional numbers and emails can be found at the links above.
Letters have been written from Equal Means ERA to each of these legislators asking for their support. Each letter included a transcript of words spoken by SC Senator Tom Davis at a Senate hearing on the ERA in March of last year. It's well worth reading. For a link to the letters, click here.
Right now our priority is getting the federal legislation passed, so please ... start calling!!!
And soon, the work of state ratification in South Carolina will begin again. New resolutions have been filed in both chambers:
We'll be gearing up shortly. Stay tuned!!!
Additional reading …
Representative Carolyn Maloney
The words of the Equal Rights Amendment:
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.