The Equal Rights Amendment
"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.
We are a national, non-partisan, single-issue, grassroots organization.
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.