Today, the Nevada State Senate took our state and the nation one step closer to full ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which was passed by Congress 45 years ago!
After the 19th Amendment affirming women’s right to vote was ratified in 1920, suffragist leader Alice Paul introduced the ERA in 1923 as the next step in bringing “equal justice under law” to all citizens.
In 1972, the ERA was finally passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The original seven-year time limit was extended by Congress to June 30, 1982, but at that deadline, the ERA had been ratified by only 35 states, three states short of the 38 required to put it into the Constitution. Nevada was one of the states that failed to ratify.
So, what’s next?
The bill to ratify now heads to the Assembly LOE (Legislative, Operations and Elections) Committee. We will work to help get it through this committee so that it can then head to the full Assembly for a floor vote.
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