Arizona, stand up for the ERA

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Opinion

April 2, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Nearly a century after it was introduced to Congress, the Equal Rights Amendment is closer to passage than seemed possible just a few years ago. And the state that might become the 38th to ratify the constitutional amendment — 47 years after Congress passed it — is Arizona.

Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972 and sent it to the states for ratification. But only 35  states ratified it by the June 1982 deadline set by Congress, leaving it three short of the required 38. And five of them have since voted to rescind their support.

The deadline and the rescissions are hurdles that ERA supporters will ultimately have to overcome. Nevertheless, in 2017, the ERA was suddenly back in the news when the Nevada Legislature ratified it. Last year, Illinois did the same, a fitting tribute to women’s rights in the #MeToo era.

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