How to Ratify the ERA

  1. 38 States to Ratify: TWO More needed

  2. Remove the Deadline for Ratification in the Senate

  3. Send it to the Supreme Court

  4. WIN Equal Rights for Women Under the constitution

Ratify the ERA

Equal Rights Amendment -Three State Strategy

Illinois ratifies the ERA in June 2018.With Nevada ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment in March 2017, there is only one more state needed to Ratify the ERA to make it part of the Constitution.  Zonta Clubs across the US are working to help with state level ratification, and to encourage their Senators and House Representatives to cosponsor the bills to remove the deadline for Ratification.

More on the Legal Strategy behind this approach.

The 14 15 States that Have Not Ratified the Equal Rights Amendment

North Carolina
South Carolina

Why we need the ERA


Why do we need the ERA?

The Equal Rights Amendment will guarantee equal status under the law and provide bedrock legal protection when women—or men—face sex discrimination. Protection would cover:
• Lack of equal pay for equal work
• Pregnancy discrimination
• Violence against women
• Other forms of sex discrimination

State laws are not uniform.
and federal laws are not comprehensive.

These laws can be, and often have been, weakened or repealed by a single vote.

Remove the Deadline for ERA ratification:

The Bills to Remove the Deadline for Ratification (2017) are:

Senate:  S.J.Res.5

WA Cosponsors:
Sen Cantwell,
Sen Murray

OR Cosponsors:
Sen Merkley,
Sen Wyden

ID Cosponsors:
AK Cosponsors:

Link to all Senate co-sponsors

House H.J. Res. 53 

WA Cosponsors:

Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]* 01/31/2017
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]* 01/31/2017
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2]* 01/31/2017
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]* 01/31/2017
Rep. Heck, Denny [D-WA-10]* 01/31/2017
Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7] 02/02/2017

OR Cosponsors:

Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 01/31/2017
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]* 01/31/2017
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]* 01/31/2017
Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5]* 01/31/2017

ID Cosponsors:


Link to all House co-sponsors (163):

Find your Representative and CaLL Them!

Additional ERA Resources

(courtesy of District 11with additions)

Good information with state by state how to get involved

ERA Coalition Website on The Equal Rights Amendment

Facts about the Equal Rights Amendment”

 “Why we Need ERA” – “Myths and Facts About the Equal Rights Amendment”

Audio Visual sources

ERA Resolution, Any State Club Template 2009

ERA timeline

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights Quotes

The Equal Rights Amendment and Same-Sex Marriage

Additional Information:
A website created by the Alice Paul Institute in collaboration with the ERA Task Force (established 1999 of the National Council of Women”s Organizations, a non-partisan network of more than 200 women”s organizations founded in 1982 in response to the expiration of the deadline for ERA ratification.