Dear UCubed Leader:
What ever happen to the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the one that guarantees men and women equality under the law?
It’s in limbo. Thirty-five states ratified the ERA Amendment in the 1970s. Supporters needed to convince three more states to ratify it. But that never happened. Time ran out, interest waned.
Today a young actress, Kamala Lopez, is awakening a new generation to the fact that they don’t have equal rights. Most young women (and men) think otherwise. So, her ERA Education Project has developed a series of videos that are as imaginative as they are instructive.
What are the economic costs of sexual discrimination?
On average, women make 22 to 41 percent less than men; their pension benefits are half as large; and their health care insurance costs more. Over a lifetime, such economic inequality can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost income.
But sexual discrimination in the workplace is not new. Neither is discrimination in state and federal statutes. In fact, state-sponsored discrimination in probate law, domestic relations, adoptions and custody, insurance, finance, health care and education produces some of the most egregious examples of unequal treatment that can be found.
Those discriminatory practices can be ended by embedding the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. All it takes is three more states.
After 225 years of being second-class citizens, don’t you think our mothers, sisters and daughters deserve equality under the law?
In Unity — Strength,