Sex Discrimination is NOT illegal under national law in the United States because the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment has not yet completed the ratification process.
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 37 states; a total of 38 states need 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 completely and allow the ratification process to finish.
How YOU can help
1. Get Involved!
Join THE CALL Sundays at 4 pm ET.
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.
2. Contact Your U.S. Senators and Representatives and tell them to support the non-partisan joint resolution to remove the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Click here to read the Senate resolution (Cardin/Murkowski's S.J. Res. 6)
(Speier's H.J. Res. 38).
Ross County, Ohio Specific Direct Numbers
Senator Rob Portman
202-224-3353 (DC), 513-684-3265 (Cincinnati)
Senator Sherrod Brown
202-224-2315 (DC), 513-684-1021 (Cincinnati)
Representative Brad Wenstrup (OH, 2)
Representative Steve Stivers (OH, 15)
Don't live in Ross County? Simply call the Capitol Switchboard and give the operator your zip code. They will connect you. 202-224-3121
3. Call on The U.S. Judiciary Chairs to hold hearings on the joint resolution to remove the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
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 Chillicothe/Ross League's E.R.A. committee formed in 2018.