Don’t Men and Women Already Have Equal Rights in America?

“If the answer is … women are somehow less equal than every other group protected by the US Constitution – let’s just get that out there on the table.” – KAMALA LOPEZ


Women Are the Majority of the Population Yet Our Government
Still Denies Them
Full Civil and Human Rights
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT 75% – 90% OF AMERICANS MISTAKENLY BELIEVE THE ERA PASSED
AND THAT MEN AND WOMEN ARE EQUAL UNDER THE LAW.

Women won the right to vote in 1920. The next step was supposed to be full equality for women under the Constitution. Almost a century later, that still has not happened. The United States Constitution still does not provide women with the same rights as men. Ratifying the ERA would secure a woman’s rights and provide her with legal equality in the United States of America.

Not only has the United States not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment it is the only developed nation that has not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Countries who ratify the CEDAW are required to enshrine gender equality into their domestic legislation, repeal all discriminatory provisions in their laws, and enact new provisions to guard against discrimination against women. The only countries in the United Nations who haven’t ratified CEDAW are: Iran, Palau, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tonga, and the United States.

Comprising a majority of the population both in the United States and worldwide, women presently bear the brunt of economic injustice, violence, poverty and hunger. Studies show that improving the condition of women raises the standard of living for the community as a whole.

If the ERA were ratified, there would no longer be a reason for the United States not to ratify CEDAW. The impact on the women worldwide, if the U.S. ratified CEDAW, would be profound and life changing for tens of millions of women and girls. The enforcement of CEDAW worldwide depends on the United States commitment to women – for this commitment to be real, we need full legal equality for women here at home first.

ERA is the First Step
in Achieving Global Justice for Women.