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IFL Leadership Fellow
Glenn says, “This article is a reminder that when we think an issue has been settled, we have to continue to monitor and be vigilant. It seems unbelievable that there is still the need to strive for rights that should be bestowed at birth.”
50 years ago sex equality seemed destined for the Constitution. What happened?
“The Supreme Court’s rule that race should generally be ignored has actually prevented policies that could help to reduce the racial gap. The ERA, as currently written, could cause the Supreme Court to treat sex the same way, with a kind of ‘sex-blindness’ prohibiting policies that are intentionally designed to open up opportunities for women.” – Kim Forde-Mazrui, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Law at the University of Virginia,
The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972 but was never added to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment—Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex—is significant. Read on to learn more reasons why its passage is important and why some oppose it.