Did you know that women and men are NOT equal under the law in the United States? On July 9, Jessica Neuwirth, president of the ERA Coalition, Dr. Faye Williams, national president of the Congress of Black Women, and Kamala Lopez, director of “Equal Means Equal” — the upcoming documentary about the status of women in the U.S. — joined the Forum on Women for a virtual roundtable discussion about the necessity of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The need for the ERA to end inequality between genders can be see in many facets of society. One place that we see inequality is in the gender pay gap in the U.S. Consider, for example, the discrepancy between the payout given to the U.S. women’s soccer team, which won the World Cup and the amount given to the U.S. men’s team, which lost.
Furthermore, the lack of the ERA has perpetuated crimes of sexual violence on American college campuses. Christy Brzonkala’s rape case is just one example of this. During his presidency, President Carter fully supported the ERA , but unfortunately it did not pass before the deadline expired. Nearly four decades later there is a renewed push for its passage.
Watch the entire roundtable discussion:
The trailer for “Equal Means Equal”, Kamala Lopez’s documentary on the Equal Rights Amendment:
Despite the partisan divide in Congress, the ERA is a bipartisan issue. Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (Democrat) and Cynthia Lummis (Republican) discuss the importance of equal rights for women:
Jessica Neuwirth’s book Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment is Now.
Take the pledge to let your members of Congress know that you won’t support them unless they support the ERA.