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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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60 comments

  • Dave B.
    05/19/2020 15:31

    Now that Virginia ratified the amendment in January 2020 - what is the next step?

  • 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!

  • Carl T.
    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

  • David E.
    12/31/2019 09:54

    THE FIRST SIGN..AND A PROOF THAT THE LEFT IN THE USA REJECTS THE CONSTITUTION AS IT STANDS IN HE WAY OF THEIR POWER HUNGER..AND THEIR ASPIRATION TO MAKE AMERICA A COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP..

  • Rickry K.
    12/31/2019 07:43

    Fact....WE THE PEOPLE

  • James O.
    12/31/2019 06:13

    What has the founding fathers and slavery have to do with Virginia flipping from Republican to Democrat.If I remember my history, it was the Democrats in Virginia who left the Union because of slavery.

  • Howard M.
    12/31/2019 04:53

    Horse Hockey

  • Mickey H.
    12/31/2019 00:58

    Oh my God!!this is the absolute dumbest crap I've ever heard!!

  • William W.
    12/31/2019 00:44

    Yet some women will still give their votes to a man who want them bare footed pregnant and in the kitchen ...I guess to them that is making America great again 😂😂😂😂

  • David W.
    12/30/2019 21:51

    Another way to divide people

  • Claude R.
    12/30/2019 18:25

    Part of the reason for owning guns in the second admendment is to put down slave insurrection.. Three main reason for second amendment. 1- For a regulated milisha 2MILISHA 2- People hunting for a living. 3- Stop Slave inserection.

  • Mike T.
    12/30/2019 15:07

    The constitution already has that amendment...it starts out "we the PEOPLE "...

  • Orin J.
    12/30/2019 12:05

    If according to "y'all" women do not have equal rights, God help men when y'all get that..this will be brutal.

  • John H.
    12/30/2019 05:55

    I believe women have the right to have to register for the draft just like men have to!