Hard to believe, isn't it? After all the achievements of the women's movement, we're still missing one essential piece: a constitutional amendment guaranteeing basic equality for women.
I was thrilled to be taking office as president of the National Organization for Women on the same day that Representative Carolyn Maloney introduced, once again, a new constitutional equality amendment. One of my first acts as president was to speak at a rally in support of Representative Maloney's bill on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.
And with your help, we can get it done.
Is an ERA still necessary? Absolutely!
Until we have equality under the law guaranteed by our constitution, we will continue the frustrating dance of two steps forward and one step back. Congress and state legislatures are free to strip away our hard-won rights with any shift in the political tide.
Why is this different from all the other times that our faithful supporters in Congress have re-introduced the Equal Rights Amendment?
There's a groundswell in favor of equality for women, and we now have the serendipitous combination of a White House and a Congress more favorable to women's rights than we've seen in recent years.
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This is our time. Let's seize this exciting moment. I look forward to hearing from you.
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
National Organization for Women (NOW)