I wrote a piece today in the RedEye about how IL needs to FINALLY pass the Equal Rights Amendment, or the ERA. I think most assume that this amendment has already been passed; it is the amendment that guarantees equal rights regardless of gender, it seems pretty “common sense.” But the ERA failed to pass back in 1982, shy 3 states of the 38 it needed to be ratified. Over 3 decades later, it is finally time to right this historic wrong.
“As a past board member of the Chicago NOW chapter, I’ve marched with Michelle Fadeley and other young feminists for everything from abortion rights to protesting Wal-Mart. I know the ERA is not a panacea for gender inequality. But I also know it is time for the U.S. constitution to reflect the reality of American’s values, values which say all men and women, regardless of race or religion, should be treated equally.
This isn’t a simple process. The ERA must be ratified in at least two more states before it can go back to Congress, which will decide if the 1982 deadline is valid. There are many years of legal and political struggle ahead. But Illinois can be the beginning of reinvigorating this conversation about what it means to be an American.”