League of Women Voters
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The League of Women Voters of the United States has supported the E.R.A. since the 1950's and renewed their commitment to ratification by resolution at the national convention in July of 2018.
The Chillicothe/Ross County Ohio League can currently trace E.R.A. support back to the 1970's. Since 2014, the Chillicothe/Ross League has been working on renewed ratification efforts-specifically on the joint resolution removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment since Ohio is a "ratified state" (Ohio ratified the E.R.A. in 1974, but does not have a state E.R.A).
The ERA Committee is currently working to pass the national joint resolutions removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
The ERA Action Committee meets on Third Saturdays at 10 AM, bi-monthly.
If you would like to join a Zoom meeting, let us know at participate@LWVchillicothe.org
ERA & Families: What's at Stake
March 23 at 7:00pm via Zoom
Join us for a panel discussion about how the Equal Rights Amendment would affect American families.
JULIE C. SUK
Author of We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Liberal Studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She is also a Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School for 2020-21
Former Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 65th district who helped to pass the ERA in Illinois (37th state) as a State Representative. He is a Board member of the ERA-Coalition Board/Fund for Women's Equality and Executive Director of Republicans for the ERA. He now travels the country advocating for the passage of the ERA at the state level and at the Federal level.
SUSAN J. BEVAN
Served on the board of the ERA Coalition and spoke on its behalf at a Senate Briefing when Senators Murkowski and Cardin introduced a bill to remove the deadline requirement for ratification of the Amendment. Also joined a small group of former Coalition Board members to found the ERA Project at Columbia Law School and is now on the ERA Project Advisory Board.
SENATOR PATRICIA SPEARMAN
NV State Senator, led her state to become the 36 to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in 2017–the first state to ratify in the 21st century. Since then she had advocated across the country to ensure the ERA becomes the 28th Amendment, including testifying before the U.S. Congress in support of the joint resolution: removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
What is the ERA?
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; it seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters.
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
Equal Rights Amendment
Current Status of the ERA
The Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972, and has been ratified by 38 states; the total needed to ratify the amendment in order for it to become part of the Constitution. Congress also imposed a deadline for ratification (something not commonly done), which has already passed.
However, Congress has the power to remove the deadline and the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Jackie Speier's bi-partisan joint resolution to do just that on March 17, 2021.
How YOU can help
1. Contact The U.S. Senate and tell them to Remove the E.R.A. Ratification Deadline
Click here to read the Senate resolution
(Cardin/Murkowski's S.J. Res. 1)
Click here to read the House resolution
(Speier/Reed's H.J. Res. 17).
Contact Ohio Senator Rob Portman at least once a week and tell him to support and vote YES on bi-partisan S.J. Res. 1
Senator Rob Portman
202-224-3353 (DC), 513-684-3265 (Cincinnati)
Senator Sherrod Brown
202-224-2315 (DC), 513-684-1021 (Cincinnati)
2. Stay Involved!
Join THE CALL Wednesdays at Noon
CALL IN #: (563) 999-2090
CONFERENCE #: 898879
This weekly conference call connects you to a national collaboration of grassroots organizers, lobbyists, and professionals dedicated to promoting and educating folks across the US about the ERA. The more people there are to put pressure on Congress to remove the deadline and let ratification proceed, the faster we will get the ERA into effect.