Getting the Equal Rights Amendment into the constitution requires ratification by at least 38 states — Nevada has always been a holdout and that MUST CHANGE!
The proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution apply equally to all persons regardless of their sex.
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.
The ERA has been introduced into every Congress since the deadline, including this 2017-2018 session.
We have to make sure Nevada ratifies the ERA this session by calling the senators on the Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee (find their phone numbers to the right), and, if possible, by attending the hearing in Carson City or by teleconference from Las Vegas.
TWO ways you can help:
#1: Attend the live hearing in Carson City OR the video conference in Las Vegas – both are 3:30 to about 5:30pm!
MON. FEB. 20 at 3:30 in Room 2124
Room 4404B of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E. Washington Ave
(If you wish, be colorful and wear green, purple, pink and/or white which are colors of the movement!)
#2 Call one, two or ALL FIVE senators on this committee and tell them to support ratification of the ERA
(Please leave a voicemail if no one answers.)
Key Talking points:
1. The Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex.
2. The ERA would provide a strong legal defense against a rollback of the significant advances in women’s rights that have been achieved since the mid–20th century.