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Equal Rights Amendment

Written by  Tammy Simkins | ERA 3 State Strategy Team
Equal Rights Amendment Designed by Jim Kaelin

The ERA 3 State Strategy Issue Team is dedicated to ratifying the ERA in the timeliest manner possible—to finish what Dr. Alice Paul started 90 years ago. Our strategy is two-fold—removing the ERA ratification deadline on the national level by Educating Congress to support Joint Resolutions SJRES15 and HJRS113 while simultaneously organizing in targeted un-ratified states to gain the 3 additional required to make the ERA the 28th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The ERA 3 State Strategy team is part of PDA's Civil Rights/Civil Justice platform. We organize on the web and on the ground through education with the objective of bringing allied groups, organizations (1,000 is our aim), and individuals together from both sides of the political aisle, not only to support us, but to actively participate in our efforts.


Why We Need the ERA

  •  In 1972 when the Equal Rights Amendment was first passed women earned .76 cents to a man's dollar. Today more than 30 years later women earn .77 cents to a man's dollar with African-American women earning .65 and Hispanic women earning .55 
  • There are only 7 countries that have not signed onto the CEDAW International Women's Treaty (Convention for the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women); the United States is one of those countries because we do not prohibit discrimination on account of sex in our Constitution 
  • The US insisted that all countries drafting constitutions after World War II include a statement that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex; the US Constitution has no such clause


Endorsed Legislation

SJ Res 15/HJ Res 113 - Remove the ratification deadline from the Equal Rights Amendment

S457/HR894 - Congressional Gold Medal for Alice Paul

HR 1593 - Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act

Team Accomplishments

146 House Members and 35 Senate Members are currently cosponsors of the 3 state legislation; Senate bill was dropped on May 9, 2013; House bill re-introduced on March 27, 2014.

Ongoing Educate Congress events in local districts and DC

Successful White House ERA Petition gathering more than 32,000 signatures

Developed Interactive Legislative Map

Organized alliances with National Organizations and grassroots activists

PDA BlogTalk Radio Show - The Women's Room

Monthly PDA ERA 3 State Strategy Issue Team Calls

Introduced ratification legislation in Arizona, Virginia and Illinois; legislation passed in Virginia and Illinois Senate.

Organized and/or Participated in numerous events and Calls to Action

  • Panelist - Suffragist Centennial Celebration, Washington D.C.
  • Panelist - International Women's Day Celebration, Columbus, OH
  • Speaker - Democratic Women's Club Luncheon, Lancaster, PA
  • Speaker - "Women Matter Use Your Power" Rally, Richmond VA
  • Panelist/Presented ERA Resolution - NOW (National Organization for Women) Conference, Chicago, IL
  • Advocacy Alert - “Make Arkansas Purple - Ratify the ERA!”
  • Advocacy Alert - "Help Illinois Ratify the ERA!"
  • Twitter Campaign - "#IMAH - I'm Mad As Hell!! Support SJR 15 and HJR 43"
  • Facebook Campaign - "Rise Up! Shoulder-To-Shoulder for the Equal Rights Amendment"
  • Educate Congress - Republican Outreach Campaign
  • Thunderclap - #RiseUp for Alice! #RatifyERA
  • Thunderclap - #Women's Equality Day
  • Tea with Friends of Alice Paul, Chillicothe, OH
  • Speaker, ERA Senate Briefing, Washington, DC
  • Constitution Day Rally, Washington, DC


How You Can Help Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

  • Join our Issue Team Calls on the 4th Monday of every month. Calls are at 9pm EST
  • Join our Google Group to get updated information from other Team Members
  • Join our Thunderclap actions
  • Join our ERA Twitter team; Tweet members of Congress and thank them for their support as well as ask for their support
  • Join our Educate Congress team and visit Congressional members, answer questions about the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Join a state ERA team and work to pass the ERA in unratified states
  • Use our tools on the right to call, email or make a visit to your Senators and Representative
  • Write a Letter to the Editor to keep the ERA in the conversation in your area


Coalition Partners

2 Pass ERA , Unite Women New York, Women Matter Use Your Power

Issue Team Leaders
Andrea Miller, PDA National Deputy Field Director, Congressional Liaison
Tammy Simkins, PDA Ohio, Congressional Liaison, ERA Action
Cathy Kaelin, PDA Ohio, Congressional Liaison, ERA Action
John Johnson, PDA State Leader, Nevada
Mike Hersh, PDA State Leader, Maryland, Executive Vice President, Maryland NOW

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