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Finalize the Equal Rights Amendment: NOW

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

Thirty-eight states, enough to meet Constitutional requirements, have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, but an arbitrary deadline set when the ERA was first passed by the Senate in 1972 prevents it from taking effect.

Efforts to pass legislation eliminating that deadline have been underway for some time, and advocates on Capitol Hill continue to push for its enactment.

“There should be no deadline on equality,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). “Most Americans already think the Equal Rights Amendment is part of the Constitution. The needed 38 states have completed their legal ratification. We now need to remove any ambiguity and finally record the 28th amendment to our Constitution.”

“Congress certainly has the authority under the Constitution to change deadlines for ratification, and our legislation would do just that,” Senator Murkowski said. “I’ll continue to push for its passage as there should never be a time limit on achieving equality for women.”

Those comments came in a news release Jan. 27, 2022, and still that legislation, S.J. Res. 1, awaits final approval.

On the Lean to the Left podcast, women's health coach Cathy Perez urges the 12 states that have yet to ratify the ERA to do so and for Congress to pass the resolution eliminating the deadline so the ERA can take effect.

"We want equal rights," she says. "Simple. It's pretty simple. And the way to do that is to get the Equal Rights Amendment or ERA added to the Constitution. Like now, like it's been a hundred years in waiting. It's time. It's been time. An immediate way or a way for us to at least get some type of help and, attention and proper respect, is to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.That time limit has to be removed. That's all it has to happen."

For the complete interview with Perez, in which she discusses other important women's issues, including reproductive justice, please visit

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