Let’s Pass the ERA!

Donate $19.23 and the Alice Paul Institute will send you FIVE Special Edition ERA Postcards! 

Have you been writing your public officials lately? Want them to support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment? API is here to help. We need your help in our fight to finally achieve ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment before the centennial of the ERA’s initial introduction by Alice Paul in 1923. These postcards feature active messages on the front and information about the ERA’s history on the back to help educate your elected representatives. Tell everyone why the ERA matters to you – send them an ERA postcard!

We need your support now! Representative Jackie Speier (CA), a long-time supporter of the ERA, introduced H.J. Res. 53 to Congress on January 31, 2017. The bill aims to eliminate the original time limit for the ratification of the ERA, and could clear the path to full ratification. The time to push for the ERA is now!

Equal Rights 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.” 

Following Alice Paul’s involvement with the 19th Amendment, Alice dedicated her life to legal and long-lasting gender equality through the Equal Rights Amendment, which Alice Paul wrote in 1923. The ERA was introduced in every session of Congress from 1923 until it passed in 1972.

In 1972, the ERA passed both houses of Congress and went to the states for ratification. Congress placed a seven-year deadline on the ratification process, a comparatively short deadline for an amendment, especially when most amendments are never given deadlines. This time limit was placed not in the words of the ERA itself, but in the proposing clause. Like the 19th Amendment before it, the ERA barreled out of Congress, getting 22 of the necessary 38 state ratifications in the first year. The pace slowed as opposition groups began to organize – only eight ratifications in 1973, three in 1974, one in 1975, and none in 1976. Despite a Congressional extension through June 30, 1982, the ERA did not succeed in getting an additional three state ratifications before the deadline.

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