Equal rights for everyone right? Well, think again about our American history. The Equal Rights Amendment was proposed in 1923 to make sure that women and men have equal rights under the law. Then why is it still not part of the U.S. Constitution?
In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and was ratified by 35 of 38 states. We need only three more states to vote yes on ratifying the Amendment or two-thirds majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
It seems so clear and simple that women should have the same rights of men. As a woman, I take this for granted but it needs to be “official.” Sexual discrimination still exists and hasn’t become extinct yet.
There needs to be specific language that gives women the same protection under the law. Especially when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently said: “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t. Nobody ever thought that that’s what it meant. Nobody ever voted for that. If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex, hey we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws. You don’t need a constitution to keep things up-to-date. All you need is a legislature and a ballot box. You don’t like the death penalty anymore, that’s fine. You want a right to abortion? There’s nothing in the Constitution about that. But that doesn’t mean you cannot prohibit it. Persuade your fellow citizens it’s a good idea and pass a law. That’s what democracy is all about. It’s not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society.”
Recently corporations have been granted protection under the law similarly as individuals under the Citizen United case. If corporations get laws that protect them as individuals why should women have to wait?
Currently the Equal Rights Amendment might be words but I prefer words supported by the law…