"Equality of Rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex."
Not such a big deal, right? Can you read it, and tell me why it's been such a hard fight? Really?
Rep. Maloney (D-NY), who reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment together with Judy Biggert (R-IL), said in a press release on Tuesday:
“Women have made incredible progress in the past few decades. But laws can change, government regulations can be weakened, and judicial attitudes can shift. The only way for women to achieve permanent equality in the United States is to write it into the Constitution.”Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal:
"Although women in the United States have made considerable gains in the last 40 years, we are now lagging behind the rest of the world in closing the gender gap. According to the World Economic Forum, the US ranks 31st of 128 countries overall, but 76th in educational attainment, 36th in health and survival, 69th in political empowerment, and 70th for wage equality for similar work. In the representation of women in our Congress, we rank 71st. Clearly, the US needs an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to help women overcome systemic sex discrimination in our nation."Now that's just embarrassing.