4ERA can help you or your organization take action for the Equal Rights Amendment.
We offer information presentations and advocacy workshops to organizations who want to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment at the city, state or federal level.
Using our ERA Advocacy training module we can help you or your organization become more strategic and effective grassroots advocates. By increasing your ERA knowledge base, empowering you to deliver talking points confidently and helping you "frame the message" to legislators and the public, your advocacy for the ERA will have a greater impact with government officials, legislators and the public.
House Judiciary Sub-Committee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Contact these members of the House Judiciary Committee to ask for a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment during this session of Congress.
On March 27, 2007 Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Senator Ted Kennedy introduced the Equal Rights Amendment into Congress. Congressman Rob Andrews also re-introduced a "three state" resolution on October 18, 2007.
Please click on the links below to see if your members of Congress are supporting these resolutions. If not, contact your US Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor Maloney's (HJRes 40) and Andrews' (HRes 757) Equal Rights Amendment resolutions. Contact your US Senator and urge them to sponsor Kennedy's Equal Rights Amendment resolution (SJRes 10).
New Congressional Co-sponsors
During the summer House Joint Resolution 40 calling for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment gained 10 new co-sponsors:
Rep Steve Cohen, [TN-9]
Rep Charles A. Wilson. [OH-6]
Rep Ciro D. Rodriguez [TX-23]
Rep Paul W.Hodes [NH-2]
Rep Peter Welch [VT]
Rep John B. Larson [CT-1]
Rep John P. Sabanes [MD-3]
Rep, Steve Kagen [WI-8]
Rep Tom Udall [NM-3]
Rep Earl Pomeroy [ND]
Let them know we appreciate their support!
If you send emails, please include [email protected] in the cc: field so we can thank you for taking action. If you phone Congress and have the opportunity to mention 4ERA we would appreciate it. You really can make a difference and it only takes a moment of your time.
Please take these simple steps towards getting the ERA added to the US Constitution!
Contacting your Senators and Representatives in Congress
Check to see if your US Senators or Representatives are co-sponsoring ERA resolutions. If not, contact them and ask them to support the Equal Rights Amendment by signing on as co-sponsors to these resolutions. If they are sponsoring ERA resolutions, call or send them a message thanking them for supporting the ERA. If you sign our petition and indicate you want updates, you will be notified when new co-sponsors are added.
Personal letters have the most impact.
Phone calls are also effective.
Check Out Supporting Organizations
Check to see if you are a member of an organization that supports the Equal Rights Amendment--there's over 150 national organizations who do!
If you're not a member of an organization who supports the ERA, and you want to Get MoreActive! or organize supporters in your community contact 4ERA. We can help you organize supporters in your state or community.
Limit your letter to one page and one subject.
In the first paragraph, explain your reason for writing. You want them to support the ERA.
In the second paragraph, describe the importance of the ERA and share your views. Use personal experience if possible.
In the third paragraph, request (not demand) a specific action. This will be encouraging your Member to sponsor or vote in favor of ERA ratification resolutions.
In the last paragraph, make sure to thank the Member for his/her consideration of your views.
Proof read your letter- Check that your letter is legible and has no spelling or grammar errors, and that it includes your name, address, and telephone number.
A phone call to a Senator or Representative is a very effective way of voicing your concerns on an issue. In most offices it only takes 10 phone calls to make the congressional office register an issue as a hot issue.
More than likely you will not talk to the member themselves, but will be talking to an aide. Ask for the staff member who handles "women's issues". They will get the message to the Representative or Senator. Make sure you are respectful so that they will note that you called. Do not expect them to know about the ERA or the ERA resolutions.
When speaking with the aide be sure to include the following information:
Who you are. My
name is _____ and I am from (your hometown) . Mention your organization:
The issue and your position
on it. Give your position on an issue or piece of legislation, or
an issue. If you would like for the legislator to *co-sponsor a piece
of legislation let them know that. If it is a piece of legislation that
is being debated, make sure you are clear on what the legislation is.
For example, you should let the person on the phone know the bill number
as well as the name of the bill.
Be as brief as possible
unless you are encouragd by the aide to give more details.
* A "co-sponsor"
of a bill is a person who supports a bill and signed a letter saying
they officially support the bill.