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Will Equal Rights Amendment finally pass?

Believe it or not, the Constitution doesn't legally protect women's rights. Here’s why that could change soon.

Multiple states stand between the ratification of the ERA

Women do not technically have protection in the United States Constitution. Carol Jenkins of the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition wants that to change. The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972 — but has yet to be ratified by the required 38 states. In 2019, Virginia flipped their state legislature from Republican to Democrat — making it a likely candidate for state 38 in the ERA battle.

Amending the Constitution

“The Constitution was written by white men, slave holders, deliberately left out the idea of women being put in in the Constitution. It was all about men. It was all about white men. It was all about white men who owned slaves. So, we know that we have a distance to come as this country has evolved and so many other people and things have been considered. What about black people? What about, you know, as we've gone along, so 27 amendments to fix that original Constitution. We think that there needs to be a 28th amendment, and that is the one that says, "You cannot discriminate in the United States of America based on sex." So, when we did our research, the ERA Coalition, we found that 80% of Americans thought it had already passed. How could the United States not have an Equal Rights Amendment? But it did not pass. Alice Paul first recommended it in 1923, so we're approaching almost a century of men and women working to make sure that women are put into the Constitution and therefore can enjoy the full rights of citizenship here in the United States,” Carol Jenkins tells Brut.

A mission made personal

Carol Jenkins is confident that in January of 2020 the United States will make Virginia it’s 38th state and the ERA will be ratified. A personal mission of Jenkins, to make sure that this gets done in this lifetime, so that daughters, and granddaughters, grandsons will be able to take advantage of a fairer country, a fairer United States.

Brut.

12/26/2019 11:19 AM
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71 comments

  • Kyriaki Z.
    01/18/2020 06:39

    This is long overdue and it is a disgrace for a country like the US that preaches Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights to other countries that they fail to this.

  • Victor F.
    01/18/2020 05:54

    Men are now the women of olden times many of you just don't see it yet look to our court system who gets hurt worse in situations of divorce

  • Scott P.
    01/17/2020 21:21

    Always the same excuse

  • Jay D.
    01/17/2020 20:59

    Guess that's why people keep trying to sneak into the country

  • David A.
    01/17/2020 19:35

    I agree with you

  • Busta E.
    01/17/2020 19:28

    Notice she said the Constitution was written bye white men old white men slave owners now go from there to today and you can figure out the problem

  • Bashir H.
    01/17/2020 19:11

    I grew up with my mother... If you choose to rise women to be equal to a man... I think few or no marriage will be successful in the future.

  • Bashir H.
    01/17/2020 19:01

    Read religious scriptures

  • Bruce B.
    01/17/2020 16:37

    This is way long overdue.

  • Joe Y.
    01/17/2020 15:30

    You Have Equal Rights You can’t pick out one right that straight white males have that anyone else doesn’t.

  • Elana M.
    01/17/2020 15:16

    Women can be their own worse enemy. We have big daddy girls, that think, big daddy knows what's best for his little girls,, from healthcare, to reproduction, shameful.. so, women have to fight these silly little girls along with their big daddys, for women's rights, they are dangerous to other womens health and rights, personal choice and rights are contentious in danger..

  • Richard E.
    01/17/2020 15:15

    THAT IS PROBABLY WHY THERE IS LITTLE TO NO JUSTICE. THEN ON TOP OF THAT THEY FARM AND KILL INNOCENT ANIMALS FOR FOOD . THEN POLUTE AND DESTROY THE WORLD .. NEEDLES TO SAY ITS LIKE A JUNGLE SOMETIMES IT MAKE ME WONDER HOW I KEEP FROM GOIN UNDER.

  • Bill C.
    01/07/2020 01:19

    Carol thank you for all you do !

  • William R.
    12/31/2019 21:33

    Can’t fix stupid. Of course women are protected

  • Charles S.
    12/31/2019 18:33

    Let it be written, let it be done.

  • Don P.
    12/31/2019 14:07

    The bible/God protects women........

  • Danny R.
    12/31/2019 12:18

    Why do people talk when they don't no what their talking about......

  • Donald D.
    12/31/2019 12:12

    Wow, in the know!

  • Mike G.
    12/31/2019 10:24

    All Men are created equal.

  • David E.
    12/31/2019 09:57

    THE CONSTITUTION PROTECTS AMERICAN CITIZENS RIGHTS..PERIOD..WOMEN...MEN .OR ANY OF THE OTHER 30 GENDERS