Most Americans have absolutely no clue about the glaring inequality that exists in our country because the red states in the map above will not ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

No shame. We’re all busy. I didn’t know until a couple of years ago. But once you know….it’s pretty hard to unknow. 

Here’s the skinny on women’s rights in the good old U.S. of A.

Women aren’t in the constitution, therefore we are not protected by the constitution. We are protected through benevolence and a patchwork of laws that vary based on where you live. This is garnering a tad of attention now based on the anti-abortion laws being bandied about in 16 states. 

So, it just makes sense that we should fix that right?  

For your reference, here’s the amendment that would fix that. It’s called the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Doesn’t sound so controversial does it? 

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was introduced for the first time in 1923, right on the heels of the 19th amendment that gave women the vote. 

Blah blah blah, never got done, blah blah (don’t want to bore you with details) blah….and then came the 2nd wave of feminisim in the United States and the ball got rolling. 

The Equal Rights Amendment passed the House, the Senate, and was supported by the President (Nixon) way back in 1972. It was on it’s way! 

HOWEVER (quick civics lesson here)

 in order to amend the constitution the ERA must be also be ratified by 38 (75%) of our state legislatures – House/Senate/and Governors. 

Right now only 37 states have ratified it. idea. In 47 years we’ve only gotten 37 states to admit that women should be represented in the constitution, and the magic number is 38. We are 1 state shy. 

Here are the red states that haven’t seen fit to vote to ratify the ERA – (yet!) 

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia,, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri,North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.

I guess they’ve been busy being sexist. 

But, if we get one more……..we’re in!  (and extend an arbitrary deadline) 

It’s time to get involved with your STATE LEGISLATORS if you live in one of these states.  Call them, tweet them, town hall them and get them to take care of some business that is long overdue. They need to quit pussyfooting around and get it done. 

Here’s a link to contact info for your state senate and assembly (representative) if you need it. Put their numbers in your favorites list and call, regularly.

The silence on this topic is deafening. 

If you don’t live in these states, call your friends who do. Drive awareness on social media. Their lack of action is holding every woman in all 50 states behind. And, the cause needs money, because as usual, women’s issues always do. 

So – we’ve got some work to do. TELL PEOPLE, call state lawmakers, give money, and get fired up, because on no level is this acceptable. 

I really like equalrightsamendment.org . Lots of well written information and a toolkit of graphics etc. that you can download and begin spreading the message. Check them out for further info. 

AND….the movie Equal Means Equal is also a great primer for understanding a reality that will make you shake your head and say WTF. It’s probably streaming out there some where, google and see where. Their website can be found here

So much more to this story, hope you’re interested enough to learn more. 

Click here for an article on the Equal Rights Amendment that will give you a good overview of the ERA. 

#handmaidstale #ERANow #ERAyes  

PS: In full disclosure, once we get that last 38th state, we may have to rally our federal representatives for an extension to an arbitrary deadline, but we must get the 38th state to move that ball forward. 

PSS: Virginia will turn all blue in January 2020, so that’s one less red state. Fingers crossed they’ll vote quickly and give us the 38th state!