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"In this Land of the Free, it is right, and by nature it ought to be, that all men and all women are equal before the law."

President Gerald R. Ford, Women's Equality Day August 26, 1975



The Equal Rights Amendment

A single-issue, non-partisan Equal Rights Amendment organization

"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."

The U.S. Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, but it set a seven year time limit for ratification. During this time 38 states needed to ratify the amendment. Congress later added a three year extension, but by June 30, 1982 the amendment was three states short of full ratification. Then in 1992, Congress added the Madison Amendment to the Constitution. The Madison Amendment was passed by Congress in 1789. The ratification of this 27th amendment, 203 years after it was passed by Congress, set a precedent which, when applied to the Equal Rights Amendment, means that the ERA is still legally viable and before the states. According to this legal opinion, full ratification can be achieved once three more states ratify the ERA.

Welcome to Chester Travels, your source for adventure and exploration around the world. As we embark on thrilling journeys to far-flung destinations, it's important to remember that our collective pursuit of equality extends beyond borders. In this article, we'll delve into the significance of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and its enduring relevance in today's society.

The ERA, first passed by the U.S. Congress in 1972, sought to establish equal rights for all individuals under the law, regardless of their sex. However, the amendment faced a challenge: a time limit for ratification. Originally, the amendment required ratification by 38 states within seven years. Despite a three-year extension granted by Congress, the ERA fell short of full ratification by three states by June 30, 1982.

However, the subsequent ratification of the 27th amendment, known as the Madison Amendment, brought renewed hope for the ERA's viability. The Madison Amendment, which was initially passed by Congress in 1789, remarkably gained ratification 203 years later. This historic event set a precedent that has significant implications for the Equal Rights Amendment.

Chester Travels recognizes the link between the pursuit of equality and the freedom to explore diverse cultures and destinations. Just as we traverse the globe to immerse ourselves in new experiences, the ERA strives to eliminate barriers and prejudices based on sex, fostering a world where equal opportunities and rights are guaranteed for all.

By acknowledging the legal precedent set by the Madison Amendment, proponents of the ERA argue that the amendment is still viable and deserving of full consideration. It remains a crucial step towards achieving gender equality and ensuring that discriminatory practices based on sex are abolished.

Imagine a world where individuals can freely travel, unencumbered by discrimination and prejudice. Picture a society where every person, regardless of gender, is granted the same rights, protections, and opportunities. The Equal Rights Amendment aims to make this vision a reality.

As travelers and explorers, we have the power to advocate for equality both at home and abroad. By supporting organizations dedicated to the cause, such as the single-issue, non-partisan Equal Rights Amendment organization, we can contribute to the ongoing fight for gender equality. Together, we can create a future where every individual's rights are protected and celebrated.

So, whether you're planning your next adventure or embarking on a journey of self-discovery, remember that the pursuit of equality is an essential part of our collective journey. Let us travel the world, explore new horizons, and work towards a future where the rights of all individuals are cherished and upheld.

Please Sign Our Petition to Ratify the ERA


We are a national, non-partisan, single-issue, grassroots organization.

Our mission is to build solidarity among Americans for ratifying and promulgating the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution.

Our Goals:

To educate the American public regarding the need for an amendment guaranteeing equality of rights to men and women.

To dispel the myths surrounding the Equal Rights Amendment.

To keep our campaign single-issue, non-partisan and distinct from other issues which might detract from our mission or discredit our cause.

To promote the ERA as a positive progression of a true democracy and as an enhancement to American society.

To conduct our campaign in a way which encourages coalition and the support of the majority of Americans.


We're looking for the 88% of Americans who believe that equality of men and women should be stated in our Constitution.

Please Sign Our Petition to Ratify the ERA