Crist Applauds Equal Rights Amendment Progress

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) released a statement following House passage of H.J.Res. 17, to remove the arbitrary deadline for adding the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the United States Constitution. The bipartisan resolution, which passed by a vote of 222-204, creates a pathway for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment 49 years after it originally passed in Congress.

“In support of women across Florida and the nation, I’m proud to make ‘herstory’ by voting to remove the arbitrary time limit for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment,” said Rep. Crist. “There should be no time limit or expiration date on delivering women’s rights, and with the 38th ratification of the ERA last year, it’s past time we enshrine equal rights for women into the Constitution!

“Passage of this resolution will mark a bright new chapter in our nation, one that will firmly establish gender equality as a pillar of our democracy. Under the Equal Rights Amendment, women from all walks of life are offered equality and freedom by the law. No longer can women be subjugated to unequal pay making 81 cents to every man’s dollar, no longer will discrimination against expecting mothers go unchecked, and no longer will the rights of victims of sexual and domestic violence go unheard in court. Women cannot be forced to wait another day for constitutional equality. Women’s rights are human rights.”

Congress approved the ERA in 1972, and set a self-imposed, arbitrary seven-year deadline in the preamble. The deadline was later extended to 1982, but by that time only 35 states had ratified the amendment. On January 27, 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA, reaching the three-fourths needed in Congress for the ERA to become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. 

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