Late afternoon on Wednesday, Dec. 21, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) marched from the Home steps to the Senate to demand a vote on the Equal Rights Modification (ERA). They had been joined by feminist advocates, together with Ellie Smeal of Feminist Majority, Zakiya Thomas and Bettina Hager of the ERA Coalition, creator Kate Kelly, NOW vice chairman Bear Atwood and members of Technology Ratify.
The ERA supporters pointed to the Home-passed H.Res.17—laws to get rid of the arbitrary deadline to ratify the ERA. Companion laws within the Senate, S.J.Res.1, which is led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), is cosponsored by all 50 Senate Democrats, plus Republican Sens. Murkowski and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
Regardless of these eleventh hour heroic efforts, the Senate did not take up the ERA earlier than the yr’s shut—however the feminist leaders and congressional members secured a promise from Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that he’d convey it up for a vote earlier than April of subsequent yr.
“2023 marks the a hundredth yr anniversary because the Equal Rights Modification was launched,” stated Maloney, Bush, Chu, Kaptur and Moore in an announcement. “Our authorities’s failure to finalize ratification of the ERA has prevented our nation from enshrining gender equality within the Structure.
“Whereas we’re upset that the Senate was unable to carry a vote on the ERA this yr, Majority Chief Schumer has dedicated to assembly with advocates on the high of the brand new yr and acknowledged that he’ll purpose to carry a vote on the ERA earlier than the top of subsequent March. We’re grateful for Senator Schumer’s assist, and we stay hopeful that this new yr would be the final yr our Structure goes with out point out of equal rights for all.”
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