Sending Office: Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney
Women’s Equality Belongs in the Constitution
I am writing to invite you to be an original cosponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to enshrine women’s equality in the Constitution by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. The energy and support for the ERA is growing, and I am convinced
that we are closer than ever before to ratification.
When Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, it attached a 7-year ratification deadline which was later extended three more years. By 1982, only 35 states out of the required 38 had voted to ratify the amendment. In the past two years, however,
grassroots campaigns have successfully secured ratification votes in Nevada and Illinois. Notwithstanding the expired deadline, we are now one state away from 38. There are positive signs coming out of Virginia, Arizona, South Carolina and elsewhere where
state lawmakers are introducing resolutions to finally ratify the ERA.
I strongly support the state efforts currently underway, but if a 38th state ratifies, we will be in uncharted territory as to what happens next. That’s why I believe it is important for Congress to continue demonstrating strong support for the
The last time Congress held hearings on the ERA was in 1984, and it is past time to bring this issue front and center in our national discourse. One thing that has become glaringly obvious as a result of the Me Too movement is that sex discrimination remains
rampant in society. The only way to guarantee sustainable change and consistent enforcement of current anti-discrimination law is to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
As we look ahead to what may be a very exciting year for the ERA, I hope you will join me in cosponsoring my legislation to show that Congress remains committed to seeing that this critical amendment is added to the Constitution to fulfill the inscription
on the face of the Supreme Court building, “Equal Justice Under Law.” The legislation I plan to introduce is identical to H.J. Res. 33 from the 115th Congress.
For more information or if you would like to cosponsor my legislation, please have your staff contact Christina Parisi in my office at 5-7944 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration.
CAROLYN B. MALONEY
Member of Congress
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