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House moves to revive ERA

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/13/20, 01:28 pm

Democratic lawmakers want to void the expiration date of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The original deadline for states to ratify the women’s rights measure was in 1982, but the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to reopen the approval process. Virginia lawmakers ratified the amendment last month, bringing the number of states that have approved it up to the required 38.

Does it have a chance? The resolution is unlikely to pass in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate. Even if it did, lawsuits are sure to bog down the amendment’s adoption. That’s why U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a longtime champion of the ERA, recommended this week that supporters start over with a new amendment instead of trying to resurrect the old one.

Dig deeper: Read Rachel Lynn Aldrich’s report in The Sift about the states that just approved the ERA.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 10:47 pm

    I’m in favor of ratifying the ERA.  

    Before you all come together to burn me at the stake, here’s what I think would be the result:

    Our young people, the “Millennials,” seemingly know almost nothing about history, economics, or even human nature. They seem not to link actions and consequences. Thus, they willingly embrace a lot of the current (and some age-old) faddish philosophies like socialism, that they actually have no understanding of.

    I think young women, suddenly being told to register for the military draft, would be shocked and angered to the point of seriously re-examining a lot of their ill-considered beliefs about “how the world could be if not for those old fogies.”

    It might make a huge difference in the course of the Nation. And the ERA could always be subsequently repealed.