Kamala Lopez, writer and producer of the movie Equal Means Equal writes:
Women in the U.S. don’t have equal rights.
Yup. No equal rights in the U.S. Constitution. The Equal Rights Amendment never passed.
This means that women currently don’t have a constitutional right to equal pay, pregnant women and new mothers don’t have the right to job security, and domestic violence survivors don’t have the right to police protection. Laws can be overturned: a constitutional amendment is the only guarantee that carries over from one generation to the next.
Many Americans don’t know the ERA never passed, or what it even is to begin with. They don’t know that the battles we fight everyday — for equal access to education, pay, and health care — would immediately become obsolete if women’s rights were protected by the Constitution.
This is why we joined the fight with Equal Means Equal: we’re forming a strong collective of Americans that are dedicated to securing our rights for future generations of women and girls—and we’re not backing down. We’re coming together, to pool our power and provide Americans with the information and tools they need to get the ERA passed.
We are 95% of the way there, but we need everyone to join the fight to pass the ERA. We need your help to make history. We need to be in this together.
Can we count on you to send the message loud and clear that it’s unacceptable that our constitution doesn’t guarantee equal rights for women—that our government must do something about it ASAP?
Join the fight at equalmeansequal.org