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Should the Equal Rights Amendment be added to the Constitution?

In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which aimed to give equal legal protection to all citizens, regardless of sex.  However, as of 2019, the ERA has yet to be added to the Constitution.  When sent to the states for ratification in 1982, only 35 out of the required 38 states ratified the ERA. Since then, after staying dormant for over 36 years, there has been a revival to pass the ERA.  In 2017, Nevada officially ratified the ERA and the following year, Illinois did as well.  In 2019, Virginia nearly became the 38th state to ratify, but the measure was rejected on the house floor.

Proponents of the ERA argue that the bill is a necessary safety net that would protect women from sex discrimination not covered by the 14th amendment.  They argue that the rhetoric of the 14th amendment (regarding sex) is too vague to prohibit cases of sex-based discrimination such as harassment, unequal pay, and domestic violence.

Opponents of the ERA argue that the amendment’s legal protections are unnecessary because they are already included in other legislation such as the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the 14th Amendment, and Title IX. They also argue that the federal legislation would limit state discretion over abortions, single-sex areas, (such as bathrooms and dormitories), and child custody procedures.

As of now, there are no legal protections in the Constitution that specifically prohibit discrimination based on sex.  What do you think? Should the Equal Rights Amendment be added to the Constitution?

Current Standings:
Yes: 69%
No: 31%
  • Amelia from New York

    Women have fought for more rights since practically the beginning of time. Though there have been peaks and depressions in the fight towards equality for women, the efforts have never really stopped. The ratification of the ERA is a crucial step towards universal equality in the United States. Now more than ever the ratification of the ERA has never been more important, and though the rights of women are assumed under the constitution, the only right the women explicitly have is the right to vote, under the 19th amendment. The ERA is thought to only benefit women, and that is simply not the case. Though the proposed amendment greatly benefits women, it also takes into the account the rights and unfair treatments men might face as well, when looking at gender biases. Although people may argue that the ERA is not needed because women already have rights, and are “protected” under the constitution, the only way to ensure this is having an actual amendment that says exactly that. There are many philosophies judges have when interpreting the constitution, and though one might assume supreme court judges interpret the constitution based on today’s views rather than taking it word for word, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There is a fair share of judges who practice originalism, which means they take the constitution word for word, exactly how it was written in 1787, when women weren’t even considered their own citizens. Without the specific mention that men and women are equal under the law, what happens when a judge rules on a case using that exact justification?

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  • Nicole from California

    Yes, the equal rights amendment should be added to the constitution. The equal rights amendment ensures civil rights for all, regardless of one’s sex. Women have been fighting for their rights since the beginning of history. The ratification of the ERA is extremely important in order to secure those rights women deserve. Many would say that women will always have equal rights and it is something one can immediately assume. However, there needs to be an amendment that reinforces this idea and is actually written in the constitution. This concept can be traced back to the Anti-Federalists. They pushed for a Bill of Rights to be added to the constitution in order to ensure that they would have equal freedom. Overall, without a real amendment, many people can just interpret the constitution word for word and then be allowed to undermine women’s rights in the near future.

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  • Masen from Virginia

    With the debate over whether or not the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution, we find ourselves in a similar situation that the Anti-Federalists had when they were drafting it. When the Federalists didn’t find it necessary to state the exact rights of US citizens in the Constitution, arguing that these rights were assumed, the Anti-Federalists refused to ratify it. The Anti-Federalists needed a Bill of Rights, guaranteeing freedoms to all citizens, and that’s exactly why the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution. It cannot just be assumed that women will be protected, it needs to be set in stone, and just like Alice Paul (the woman who proposed the ERA) said, “We shall not be safe until the principle of equal rights is written into the framework of our government.”

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  • jasmine from California

    Establishing the ERA into the Constitution is a crucial step that the U.S. has to make in order to protect all no matter what gender they identify as. The Era will all in a way that all other amendments can’t. It will instantly turn the Constitution from only benefiting men to benefiting women as well. In the Constitution, the term “men” is used various times. Though this means all human beings, many associate it with men in general, which in turn presents the argument if the Constitution is only applicable for men. The ratification of the ERA will help end this argument.

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  • Abigail from Michigan

    I think that it is very very important for all people to have equal rights no matter what their history is or color or gender.

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  • gary from Florida

    women should have the equal rights amendment because at the end of the day we are all equal.

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  • Violet from New Jersey

    We all deserve equal rights! One of the big things standing in the way is that, In order to be added to the Constitution, it needs approval by legislatures in 3/4 of the 50 states.

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  • Carter from California

    The Equal Rights Amendment should one hundred percent be added to the constitution. When we take a step back, and look at the true foundation of our country and the piece that we base almost all our decisions and way of life on, the utter most basic and simple right that should be stated isn’t even there clearly enough. America, known as the land of the free and the home of the American Dream, should definitely add this to the constitution. When ratified, anti-federalists chose to view the constitution as it was only applying to certain “persons” and they decided that it didn’t include different types of people. In this day and age, 2019, with all the diversity our nation has today, we should have our base framework clearly stating that all people receive those same rights if they are American citizens. To continue to leave the unclear words up for interpretation, the United States finds our selves vulnerable to another catastrophic mistake in beliefs that can lead to the violation of the basic human rights that has happened not too long ago. Simply adding the new words, and clarifying that the equal rights extends to all people regardless of race, gender, etc. is a simple, a necessary deed.

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  • Nicolette from California

    The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) should be added into the Constitution as it will provide protection against sex-based discrimination. Since the founding of the United States of America, women have fought for an equal representation in both the business and political world. Especially now, in a world where women are becoming corporate executives and prominent political leaders, the need for the ERA to be ratified is needed now more than ever. The ratification of the ERA would be the next big step in enforcing gender equality in the U.S., which is required more than ever as women are often overseen in court cases regarding domestic violence and sexual assault. Women are also often underpaid for the same job their male counterparts work, as they are usually paid only $0.75 of their male counterpart’s $1.00 and that pay only decreases based on the race/color of the woman. Sex should not be a determining factor to the pay an individual receives. In the 1970s, during the Feminist Movement, the Equal Rights Amendment was nearly passed until a woman named Phyllis Schlafly, addressed that women would have to be drafted and fight in war if they were to be given the same rights as men. Right now, only men are required to register for the draft, but woman have fought in battle ever since the Revolutionary War. America is composed of many strong women who willingly fight for and serve their country overseas, so the argument Schlafly proposed should no longer be reputable. The ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment will not only protect the rights of women but will also end the centuries long fight for equality and representation for women.

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  • Ava from California

    When there is awareness of a lack of protection over rights that should be equally distributed among all peoples, regardless of sex, I do not see any reason for hesitation to not act to rid of it. When there is knowledge of suffering and deprivation of an opportunity for success or growth, there is no reason that anyone should feel okay with not acting to eradicate this suffering.

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  • mackenzie from New York

    I picked yes because I think people should be getting equal pay for working the same jobs. The men are not better than women or the other way, we all should be equal . Men and women that work the same job are doing the same thing so why shouldn’t they be able to get the same pay. We are all equal under the 14th amendment if we are then why aren’t we all being treated that way. Women have come so far but we are still fighting for things that we really shouldn’t have to fight . Women and men have different skills for different jobs but if they are doing their job but that shouldn’t matter because its the same job, they are doing the same thing.

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  • Morgan from Virginia

    Yes, the equal rights amendment should be added to the Constitution. It should be added because it should not matter what sex you are, you should be treated the same as anyone else. The same thing goes for race and gender. It is unfair to treat someone differently because the fact they are either a man or woman. For one, they cannot help that they were born what they were so they should not be mistreated. Both women and men have the power to do the same exact things, have the same things, and be the same things so why should they have to be a certain gender to actually do those things? For example, both men and women can be CEO of a business. They can both run it just as well as the other person. The issue with that is maybe the women, just for example, has a harder time allowing people to take her more seriously. It should not matter, but unfortunately it does. Men and women have one major thing in common. They are human. Therefore, they should be treated with the same rights and benefits. It needs to be made official, and adding the Equal RIghts Amendment to the Constitution might just do the trick, or at least help the process. Although the Equal Rights Amendment is more directed towards women, men should be, and will be treated equally with this addition to the Constitution.

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  • Gabriela from Florida

    The key values of America are should always be equal treatment for everybody. No matter someone’s race, ethnicity, or gender, they should receivethe same opportunities. The ERA would guarantee that this value is upheld.

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  • Emmalee from North Dakota

    The ERA should have been passed in the 70’s and it should be passed now because, contrary to popular belief, women still face a lot of workplace discrimination. Sexual harassment and the wage gap are still an extremely prevalent problem and every woman in America could benefit from explicit protection under the constitution. The Constitution was written hundreds of years ago in a very different time and to remain relevant it needs to change with our culture and values. This amendment will not oppress or hinder men, nor immediately fix all our country’s problems, either, but it will put men and women on slightly more equal footing in the eyes of the law, a tangible step in the right direction. The 14th amendment was a good start but it obviously hasn’t done enough because violence and discrimination against women is still happening. Women have to work twice as hard to get half as far as their male counterparts, and the ERA will hold everyone to the same standard. America was founded on the ideology of equal opportunity from the very beginning, so to deny half of its population equal rights is hypocritical and goes against what this whole operation stands for.

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  • Hunter from North Dakota

    Yes I do believe that all men and women should have equal rights. There are some things to protect women right now but i believe that the ERA will make work places and other places better, and safer for women. That being said the ERA should only be available to the 2 genders. (yes i understand the ERA is primarily for women right but I’m using both genders for my example) Meaning you have to be Male or Female for the ERA to protect you. But women should also be prepared for the responsibilities that may come with the passing of the ERA.

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  • Alisa from California

    I think it should because it is just going to give more equal rights and be beneficial to many people. Putting the amendment into the constitution does not harm anyone, it benefits. Yes, the fourteenth amendment is in the constitution, but there are still unequal rights in the workforce such as the wage gap. Currently in 2017, women earn 79 cents to the dollar that men earn. However, women of color make even less. People who identify as LGBT+ also face discrimination in the workplace and there is no amendment that protects them. After forming my own opinion, I decided to read through other peoples responses, especially the no side. Some comment said that by genetics and time, men and women are different. One comment said that men are typically stronger than women and made a reference to meter sprints. Personally, when I think of the equal rights amendment, I think of giving rights to not only men and women, but to people of different races, gender, and belfries. I also think about the workspace and wage gap, not how people’s gender impact them in meter runs. Therefor, the ERA should be added to the constitution, as it harms nobody but benefits everyone.

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  • Madison from New York

    “We shall not be safe until the principle of equal rights is written into the framework of our government.” In 1923, women’s rights activist Alice Paul introduced the Equal Rights Amendment (the ERA) as a proposed constitutional amendment. This amendment would provide equal protection from discrimination, regardless of sex. However, 96 years later, the ERA has yet to be ratified.
    The only mentions of gender equality and women in the entire United States Constitution is the 19th amendment, which only gives women the right to vote. There are no other mention of women ANYWHERE in the constitution or the bill of rights. Many people argue that the 14th amendment ensures the equal protection of the sexes; however, the 14th amendment has no mention of sex, gender, or women anywhere in it. It is too vague around the topic of sex, and therefore is not sufficient.
    But why does it need to be so clear cut? Since the United States of America was founded, women have been marginalized, dehumanized, and belittled. By not regarding that history and not taking preventative measures to ensure that no one is vulnerable to that kind of discrimination because of their sex or gender again, we, as a country, would be brushing it all under the rug. Yes, our country has taken great strides towards gender equality in the past century, but by putting an amendment such as this into the US constitution we would be a) preventing any further legal, public gender discrimination, b) shutting down any public entity that may still be living by ancient sexist ideologies, and c) taking measures to help right the wrongs of our country’s past.

    Ratifying the ERA would provide strong federal legislation backing for Roe v Wade (protecting life-saving abortion rights), title IX (which prevents discrimination on school campuses on the basis of sex, and has been used to achieve justice for victims of sexual assault on college campuses), and the Lilly Ledbetter Act (also known as the Fair Pay Act – prohibits wage discrimination).

    42% of women have reported to have faced discrimination based on gender in workplace. 81% of women have reported to have experienced a form of sexual harassment/ assault in their lifetime. The ratification of the ERA wouldn’t only reassert the immoral nature of these statistics, it would also provide a stronger legal platform for the victims of this discrimination.

    It is important to note what the ERA would reach to and what it wouldn’t. Some men are concerned that the ERA would shut down their “men’s clubs,” and many feminists are concerned that this amendment may cause controversy around women’s shelters. However, the ERA would not affect either of these things. Both are private entities and each can be easily recreated for the opposite sex. On the other hand, the ERA may reach things such as women being forced to join the draft, because it is a public entity that falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

    Of course, nothing can be perfect. While the ERA would be a major accomplishment in the fight for equal rights, it is not the final solution. Modern issues, such as intersectionality and gender identity, must be taken into account. However, ratifying the ERA would only help to progress the conversation around those issues, and can be used as a stepping stone to create further progressive legislation. Now more than ever (especially in light of such strong social women’s movements – ie. women’s march, #MeToo, Time’s Up), the ERA must be ratified. It’s time.

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  • Austin from Nevada

    The Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution because of its additional specifications to prevent sex-based discrimination. Women require this as bases for equality so we can then focus on what needs to be provided for each sex. If we do not have a base set of rights for the sexes then how could we give the then needed needs?

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    • Kyle from California

      I agree with your opinion because women have a lot of pressure while living in our society. Many people may not even associate with a woman just based on her appearance, which is blatantly upsetting and disgusting, so that is why I agree with you on your statement and believe the Equal Rights Amendment is necessary.

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  • Precious from North Carolina

    Yes, the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the U.S. Constitution. I firmly believe that all citizens should get equal rights throughout the United States, no matter the race, gender or age. This addition of the ERA to the constitution would be able to dismiss common issues that numerous women face, such as unequal pay and not being able to have certain jobs. According to payscale.com, “Women earn 78¢ for every $1 earned by men (uncontrolled gender gap pay). For women of color, African American and Hispanic, this wage gap is even larger. Occupations like the chief justice of the supreme court and head coach of a professional men’s sport, have never had a woman to fill the position, not because women don’t want those occupations but because no one (men specifically) wants them to have that position. Many believe that the 14th amendment already states equal rights regardless of sex, but in fact it does not. The 14th amendment only grants “citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States, including former slaves” and guarantees all citizens “equal protection of the laws”. The many details of the ERA that most people overlook are the details that set the 14th amendment and the ERA apart. With this in mind the door to inequality is wide open. In conclusion the Equal Rights Amendment would lawfully be able to ensure full equality to all citizens by being added to the U. S. Constitution.

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  • Chappell from North Carolina

    I do believe that the ERA should be added to the constitution. Many people think that women do have all the rights a man does but in my opinion and from theses sources, it shows that in most aspects they do not. The New York Times says “the only right the constitution extends to both men and women is the right to vote”. That is what shows that women do not have the rights they deserve in our country. The constitution should add the ERA because it will finally give their rights to them and have them stated officially. The New York Times says, “This would guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex.” There are many things that women do not have equally, and I think it’s time for a change, starting with this addition to the constitution.

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  • Precious from North Carolina

    Yes, the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the U.S. Constitution. I firmly believe that all citizens should get equal rights throughout the United States, no matter the race, gender or age. This addition of the ERA to the constitution would be able to dismiss common issues that numerous women face, such as unequal pay and not being able to have certain jobs. According to payscale.com, “Women warm 78¢ for every $1 earned by men (uncontrolled gender gap pay). For women of color, African American and Hispanic, this wage gap is even larger. Occupations like the chief justice of the supreme court and head coach of a professional men’s sport, have never had a woman to fill the position, not because women don’t want those occupations but because no one (men specifically) wants them to have that position. Many believe that the 14th amendment already states equal rights regardless of sex, but in fact it does not. The 14th amendment only grants “citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States, including former slaves” and guarantees all citizens “equal protection of the laws”. The many details of the ERA that most people overlook are the details that set the 14th amendment and the ERA apart. With this in mind the door to inequality is wide open. In conclusion the Equal Rights Amendment would lawfully be able to ensure full equality to all citizens by being added to the U. S. Constitution.

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  • Chloe from North Carolina

    When people think of the United States they think “all men are created equal”, however, this is not the case, this was stated in the Declaration of Independence, not in the Constitution, which holds no true power. In the Constitution within the Fourteenth Amendment we get the closest resemblance to equality without giving full equality it states that no state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without due process. Somewhere in the Constitution, women should have protection for more than due process. Women need equal protection and with the ERA enacted women would have intervention in cases of gender violence, domestic violence, sexual harassment, would guard against pregnancy and motherhood discrimination, and would federally guarantee equal pay. The people who are against the ERA being ratified are suggesting that it would deprive women of the “traditional” family structure, however, women can still choose to have the “traditional” family structure if they so choose. People are also suggesting that the ERA should not be ratified due to giving the idea that abortions are just a routine medical procedure and would end restrictions on abortion. For women to be treated equally under the law they could begin to speak up for themselves and choose what to do with their bodies. Women should be allowed to speak for themselves and be treated equally and that’s what this bill would allow if it became ratified. Women are no less than men and it’s time for America to showcase that.

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  • Gabrielle from North Carolina

    The ERA should be added to the Constitution since it would promote equal rights for women and make it the law. However, some changes should be made to it first since some of the word choices are outdated. It is important that men and women are equal in the Constitution, since the Constitution is the ultimate force that decides the law and what goes on in our country. According to Maya Salam from the New York Times, “80 percent of Americans mistakenly believe that women and men are guaranteed equal rights, but the only right that Constitution explicitly extends to both men and women is the right to vote.” According to the Constitution, men and women are not required to have equal rights. Even though there are other parts of the Constitution that promote equality for women, having an amendment that requires it by the law would promote it a lot more. For example, if someone was not equally paying men and women, and someone took it to court, this amendment would make it so that it is easily identifiable that this is illegal, and that whoever is doing it must get in trouble. Along with this, having women’s equal rights be apart of the Constitution would symbolize the importance of equal rights. I agree with Justice Ginsburg’s statement “I would like to be able to take out my pocket Constitution and say that the equal citizenship stature of men and women is a fundamental tenet of our society, like free speech.” There would be no more excuses for people and governments treating women lesser than men. Governments would have to help out in harassment or violence cases, and companies would have no choice to to pay men and women equally. Lots of people say that the 14th amendment already covers these topics, but these issues still exist today. In another article I read from The Conversation, Deana Rohlinger states that “Even though the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment prohibits states from denying any person equal protection under the law, women’s rights are not explicitly guaranteed.” This is clearly shown in society today, since many women are still paid less than men, and sexual harassment is still seen a lot. The 14th amendment clearly has not done a lot to help with equal rights, which is why an amendment about women’s equal rights should be passed. However, some wording of the amendment that was written in 1972 needs to be updated to more modern terms. Cathi Herrod from azcentral stated “Today, courts have interpreted the word “sex” to include one’s gender choice. That changes everything because “sex discrimination” could then eliminate any distinction between male and female, regardless of biological differences.” Things were very different back in the 1970s, and sex discrimination issues were mostly related to women’s equal rights. Nowadays, sex discrimination issues relate to a lot more, such as gender identification. I agree that the words “sex discrimination” in the amendment could cause a lot of issues, since it means means a lot more today. The amendment wording should be changed so that it specifies the discrimination between women and men and so that it is obvious that this is what it is talking about. This will prevent problems such as the amendment making male and female facilities illegal. Also, the issue of abortion should be revised and specifically mentioned in the amendment, since if it isn’t, a lot of problems could be caused, such as the government arguing that the procedure cannot be treated any differently than other medical procedures treated on men. The azcentral article discussed these problems. Besides these revisements, the amendment would help promote women’s rights by making it a part of the law of our country, which is why it should be added to the Constitution.

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  • Kemany from North Carolina

    I believe that the ERA should be admitted into the Constitution. Women have been repeatedly seen as lower than men, and this amendment would be a step in the right direction. Some say that these rights are already stated in the 14th amendment, but it is not enough. The ERA could ensure equal pay for women, which should already be a thing, but some companies don’t follow that. Men and women should be considered equal in the workplace. The purpose of the ERA is to provide equality for the different sexes. “this is something that needs to be accomplished”(Cardin). While the society we live in now has made great strides toward towards total equality, more can always be done. The problem with the ERA is that it fails to mention equal protection for those who do not identify with either gender. The document definitely needs to be revised, as there are other issues with it as well. “the ERA could enshrine abortion into the Constitution by arguing such a procedure cannot be treated any differently than other medical procedures for a man”, is something that Herrod mentions. This is an issue that is entirely something in itself. Abortion should not be apart of discussion about the ERA, because it just creates more issues. The ERA has some issues with its wording and the content of the amendment, but it provides greater good than harm. I believe that it could really help our society, and therefore should be added to the Constitution.

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  • Tori from Indiana

    As a woman, I am constantly reminded of the horrifying fact that although times have changed, I am still not equal to my male colleagues. It’s 2019 and the women in the country of Syria have only recently been allowed the privilege to be able to drive a car. A privilege that the men of that country have enjoyed for years. Women of the United States are constantly overlooked when applying for jobs in male predominate occupations, because they are women. This happened to my very own step-mother, who was overlooked because she was the single mother of three children and “would not have enough time for a management job” in a factory. A women is not allowed to have a tubectomy unless they meet certain requirements, because a doctor has made the decision that unless they meet them, they are “not ready”, but a male can vastectomy, as long as they are over the age of eighteen. Although the gender gap has began to close throughout the years, it is still there. While adding an amendment would not fully eliminate gender inequality, it may help open the eyes of some citizens who do not realize that the gap is still there, and set an example for other countries to move toward gender equality.

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  • Adrien from Virginia

    In my opinion, I think the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to our U.S. Constitution. The 14th amendment guarantees all citizens of the U.S. to have “equal protection of the laws”, but apparently only applies to race and is too vague to be used on the topic of sex in the courtroom. States do not want to pass the law because they will lose discretion on cases of abortion, child custody cases, and single-sex areas such as bathrooms. Women are being underrepresented in the courtroom due to the absence of this amendment because the current amendment being used as an example for controversial cases for women’s rights is too vague to prove correctly in their favor. Women today are the only demographic in the U.S. that do not have their rights directly protected in the U.S. Constitution, whereas every other race and male have their rights stated in the Constitution. Rather than arguing why we should not pass the amendment to keep state discretion limited to that state, we should argue passing the amendment to finally have women represented officially in our nation’s rulebook. Women deserve to have their rights directly stated in the constitution because they are U.S. citizens and deserve to be protected under the law and not be undermined by rhetoric that says they are not.

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  • Veronica from New York

    The Equal Rights Amendment being added to the Constitution would be an absolute game changer. The United States of America is a place where freedom is supposedly a guarantee. Think about this, is freedom really freedom if everyone isn’t subjected to it equally? This amendment would guarantee equal rights for all American citizens, regardless of their sex. It could aid in legal cases covering sexual harassment, and, a main issue people have been talking about for years, equal pay. I will ask, should a man and woman be treated differently based on their abilities of their gender? In some aspects, yes. But, in a society such as ours, everyone, men and women, deserve to be treated equally. Whether it is equal income, equal education, or equal opportunity. Discrimination because of someone’s gender is blatantly wrong. Everyone in this country deserves equal opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Man, woman, everybody. We the people have a right to live our happiest life, In adding this amendment to the Constitution, we are one step closer to being an equal society.

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  • Jalen from Hawaii

    The equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment was first applied to sex discrimination only in 1971, and it has never been interpreted to grant equal rights on the basis of sex in the uniform and inclusive way that the ERA would.

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  • Alexa from New York

    The ERA should be added to the constitution because whether you’re a man or a woman, we’re all human and should be treated equally. A woman is as capable as man and as strong as man. A woman can do anything a man can do, just like a man can do anything a woman can do. There is no superior gender, being that we are all human and have the same capabilities.

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  • Juliana from New York

    Honestly, i’m surprised that it hasn’t been added to the constitution. No matter whether you’re man or female, black or white, all people deserve to be treated the same. No sex is better than the other and no race is better than the other. We are all equal with each other so this amendment deserves to be on the constitution. If this amendment was on the constitution, maybe people will start to realize that equality is a serious thing and people will stop discriminating against one another and start treating each other as equals.

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    Honestly, i’m surprised that it hasn’t been added to the constitution. No matter whether you’re man or female, black or white, all people deserve to b…

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  • Kiersten from New York

    yes because the purpose of amendment is to provide for the legal equality of eahc gender and prohibit discrimination based on sex.

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  • jessica from New York

    this should be added because it doesnt matter what gender you are. i believe everyone should be treated equal under the law.

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  • Joseph from New York

    The ERA would be a perfect amendment to be added to the constitution. This is because it would give everyone equal rights and that’s how its supposed to be in the first place. We should give everyone their own personal freedom and benefits whether it is in the workforce, labor, or in general in society. As a result, the ERA will ensure people’s representation to be equal in today’s society in America.

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  • lebron from Florida

    The Equal rights amendment should be added to the constitution because America is a free country where citizens have all these great privileges, however the fact that the constitution has no writing about sex discrimination being illegal is insane. The country is supposed to be equal and free and without this amendment, it is impossible to say everyone who is a citizen has equal rights.

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  • enzo from New York

    i beleive people desrve to have the same rights and oppurtunity as everybody else. thats why the ERA is a very good amendment in my opinion. this amendment will put foward everybody feeling as if they have a chance to be whatever they want to be. they have the same chances as everybody else and wont feel like they are being treated unfairly.

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    i beleive people desrve to have the same rights and oppurtunity as everybody else. thats why the ERA is a very good amendment in my opinion. this amen…

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  • luke from New York

    i believe that everyone should have equal rights. men, women , any human should live in a fair society.

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  • Molly from New York

    i think it should be added to the constitution because women deserve equal rights under the law as do men. It will also help control social issues especially in work places where women are not as high up as men.

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    i think it should be added to the constitution because women deserve equal rights under the law as do men. It will also help control social issues esp…

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  • Marcelino from New York

    the equal rights amendment should be added to the constitution. The United States is all about everyone being free, which the reason why we have a lot of immigrants wanting to enter america. Anyone who is a resident of the United States of America should have equal rights. women should have equal rights as well as men and women of different races. There should not be one races that is more powerful than another in the United States.

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    the equal rights amendment should be added to the constitution. The United States is all about everyone being free, which the reason why we have a lot…

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  • Talyr from New York

    The equal rights amendment should be in the constitution because women need protection against not only men but other women as well. The United States Constitution doesn’t state anywhere that women are citizens of the United States, however it clearly states that women do have the right to vote ( 19th amendment). Although opponents of the ERA argue that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the 14th amendment, and Title IX are legal protections for women, women don’t have much protection under the constitution therefore adding the equal rights act will make men and women equal, adding more protection to women. This would help the wage gap in America which is a significant difference between men and women earnings. Male lawyers earn around 140,270 a year while women lawyers only earn 106,837. Women earn a whole 33,433 dollars less than men do but they work the same job, they do the same work and there are times when women do the job better than men, work harder than men, and are more organized than men. Therefore I believe that the equal rights amendment should in the Constitution.

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  • abbi from New York

    I believe the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution because women face significantly less cruel or unjust treatment than they did 50 years ago.I believe it is important to stand up for what we believe in and when choosing this as an amendment is the right thing to do.

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  • Olivia from New York

    The Equal Rights Amendment should be introduced into the Constitution for various reasons. Every individual deserves to have equal opportunities, regardless of sex, religion, sexual orientation, status, etc. Women are not equal under the Constitution because the Constitution does not specifically mention equality of the sexes. Although the 14th amendment does mention equality under the law, we as a country need more specific amendments regarding equality. The Constitution is interpreted in unique ways according to different people, so if we had the Equal Rights Amendment it would be harder to interpret the Constitution in an aspect that would be against equality of the sexes. I do not disagree with the fact that over time women have had a tremendous increase in opportunities with laws like Title IX, but there are still problems regarding the wage gap, harassment, abortion laws, and much more. In order to have set laws to benefit women, we need the ERA.

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  • Alexis from New York

    In 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was passed, it made all acts of discrimination, specifically against African Americans, illegal. This was an important leap in the right direction for equality, but we still need more of a change. I strongly agree with the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment because it will ensure equal rights for everyone, regardless of sex. The only right that is written in the Constitution that women are guaranteed is the right to vote, under the nineteenth amendment. Right now the Constitution is merely being interpreted when it comes to rights for women, which is a problem. The ratification of this amendment does not just benefit women either, it will also ensure equal rights for men as well, especially when it comes to divorce related situations, such as child custody or alimony. I do not see how the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, that will guarantee equal rights for everyone, would be a bad thing

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  • Jaquavion from North Carolina

    Women should have the same rights as men. They consider being equal as able to work and come out the house and being equally privileged as men but that isn’t true. Laws have been passed to make it seem as if women are considered even but the only true right in the constitution that women have is the right to vote. Even in jobs women salary is less than men because. This is isnt right if they are considered equal then their pay should be the same as men because they do the exact same things. If the E.R.A. was passed this would change the looks of how people equal rights between men and women. Even in court cases this would benefit men because women would be trialed under the same circumstances and would receive the same consequences. Woman have fought for their rights for a very long time it’s time to give them what they deserve. They should not economically struggle if they are middle class workers who have two kids without any help from a male figure just because they can’t earn the same amount of money as men. Do we really care for our women or is this just an act that covers up the truth of society.

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  • arieanne from New York

    To be fairly truthful, it doesn’t matter whether your a man or women equal rights is equal rights. There is no point in discriminating against whoever, because in the end we are all human. Without the ERA, the U.S. Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex.

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    • dillon from New York

      i believe that no matter what gender you are you should have equal rights. we are all human and its sad that this is still an issue in america. we need change

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    • julieanna from New York

      I believe the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution because under God, it is morally wrong to put others down based on their social, racial, or religious status. All in all, I believe it is necessary to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution in order for the United States to rise up as one nation under God, as said in the Pledge of Allegiance. We should not put others done because of what they believe in. It is wrong of people to judge others. Women and African americans are faced with many challenges throughout their lives and worrying about equal right under the law shouldnt be one of those worries.

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  • Summer from Alabama

    The Equal Rights Amendments be added to the constistion so it can be fair to everyone so they will not have that much problems dealing with socail issuses or socail standards or anything particicar.
    Yes,It should be allowed because it will help everyone out to be eqaul and it might be leading to less discrumenation happening places, cites,etc.

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  • Anthony from New York

    I agree with the equal right amendments because i feel that all women should be equal to men. All women should be legally protected by the government and i think that the amendment will provide that even more than just the laws. They should be protected against discrimination for a job their trying to get or a school they want to get into.

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  • justin from New York

    i agree with this being added because it is not fair that women can be made fun of or harasment just because they are paid less . i also believe that with this passed it can lead to equal pay and less harasment . we need this amendment because it would lead to a more equal and fair job area. this can also lead to a more peaceful work environment. women have been unequal for too long its about time they make the same amount of money as a man.

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  • Joe from New York

    This amendment should be added to the constitution because it will paint a clear picture about the rights woman have without any grey areas or being vague. By giving women the freedom of choice and equal pay, will bring more power to them. Over the summer of 2018 i worked at a retail store with my mother. We worked the same hours and days, yet my mother who has worked there for over 3 years was paid 40 cents less ($10.30) then me ($10.70) who had been at the store for less than 3 weeks.

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  • Caitlyn from New York

    Yes, I believe that the equal rights amendment should be added to the Constitution for many reasons. One reason why I think it should be added to the constitution is because I am a young women and i want to be able to do the same as men and not be able to not do something just because I am a women. Women should be getting paid the same and get the same amount of work as men do. So, i think that it should go in the Constitution so that everyone can see that its an actual amendment and can actually follow it so everyone can get treated the same exact way.

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  • Jack from New York

    The Equal rights amendment should be added to the constitution because America is a free country where citizens have all these great privileges, however the fact that the constitution has no writing about sex- discrimination being illegal is insane. The country is supposed to be equal and free and without this amendment, it is impossible to say everyone who is a citizen has equal rights.

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  • lizzy from New York

    I agree with the equal rights amendment because everybody should have the right to do what people feel right to do. for example if somebody is gay they should have the right to be gay because that´s what they are. Why should there be a rule saying nobody should be equal because that´s not fair. The equal rights amendment is the opportunity for people to share their believes and to be equal with the government.

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    • Caroline from North Carolina

      Equal rights serve to bring upon equality and decrease discrimination in society. I agree that the Equal rights Amendment is fair because it can promote women rights, equality, and justice in our society today by ensuring that all laws bring equality . Although many people support the equal rights movement, some oppose it. The equal rights amendment stands up for grant equal leadership for citizenship of immigrants and states that there should not be any discrimination of sex. On the other hand, the fourteenth amendment is apart of our constitution, but it does not state the justice for discrimination if sex. The Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the constitution to stop all discrimination of sexes, immigrants, and citizens of the United States.

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  • Ella from New Jersey

    In 2017, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said “I would like to be able to take out my pocket Constitution and say that the equal citizenship stature of men and women in a fundamental tenet of our society…”. In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, the document that included “we hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men and women are created equal” which was signed by 68 women and 32 men. People have been fighting for equality for centuries, but the Equal Rights Amendment specifically has been the fight women have been waging since Alice Paul, a leading suffragette, wrote the first draft amendment in 1923. The amendment that was passed in Congress in 1972 that is still being ratified by the states simply but powerfully reads “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The ERA has been in the works for decades now, and it is time for this amendment to be added to the Constitution. We need this amendment for legal, symbolic, and practical reasons.
    The Constitution and its amendments outline the unalienable rights that should be afforded to all people. An equal rights amendment on the basis of sex needs to be among the fundamental rights we can find in our Constitution. There is no dispute that laws like the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Supreme Court’s extending interpretation of the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment has helped women and promoted equality. At the same time though, laws can be reversed and court decisions can be overturned. Only an amendment to the Constitution ensures equal protection on the basis of sex. At the moment, many laws and amendment against discrimination draw power from the Commerce Clause in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution. The clause gives power to Congress to regulate interstate commerce which has allowed Congress to make many laws and take many actions to help further civil rights. Interstate commerce was how the federal government could intervene during protests like the Greensboro Sit-In during the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s – the food and business at the diner could technically be interstate, so the Federal government could intervene. Even the power of Congress to create the Civil Rights Act draws partly from the power to regulate interstate commerce. This clause has been used to widley help in the fight for equality, but, as Erwin Chemerinsky, the Dean of the University of California Berkeley Law School says in The New York Times article “Do American Women Still Need an Equal Rights Amendment?”, courts are not always applying the same logic to equal rights cases that have to do with sexual violence. He cites a ruling about the 1994 Violence Against Women Act that did allowed women to sue their attackers in Federal Court until the Supreme Court struck down that line; an interpretation that differed from similar discriminatory behaviors being regulated by Congress’s laws that drew power from the commerce clause. Along the same line of thought, legal battles about the pay gap have been stopped because of previous rulings that state, according to that article “that gaps must be the result of intentional discrimination in order to violate the law, and that many differences in pay are the results of factors ‘other than sex,’” As you can see, the wording of these rulings proves that at the moment Congress doesn’t have the freedom or ease of ability to create laws that combat gender discrimination like it has been able to combat race, religion, and national origin like the 14th amendment calls for, but the ERA could change that. Rulings, and where women stand in equality based on the rulings, can often be hard to figure out because lower courts and upper courts can sometimes differ on interpretation, but with an Equal Rights Amendment rulings can be clarified. With the ERA, these equal right cases could be be filled with less confusion and inconsistency and be filled with more justice. The Hill interviewed Jessica Neuwirth, the founder and co-president of the ERA Coalition, who points out that while rulings and laws have definitely helped advance women’s rights, there is still room to grow. She says “we have a little patchwork of laws that help some people in some circumstances, but more people fall through the cracks than get justice” This is in part because right now, according to the Equal Rights Amendment website, sex discrimination claims are not elevated to the strict scrutiny standard of review that the 14th amendment calls for when looking at cases of race, religion, and national origin. Strict scrutiny is the highest standard that can be met in the courts as discrimination that has to meet that standard “must bear a necessary relation to a compelling state interest in order to be upheld as constitutional” (ERA.org). Right now, sex discrimination cases are only held to skeptical scrutiny which is a lower standard of protection and “requires only that such classifications must substantially advance an important governmental objective”(ERA.org). We need the ERA so that all types of sex discrimination cases will rightfully be upheld to strict scrutiny and so that the classification of gender will hold just as much power in the courts as the classifications found in the 14th amendment, making a more just and fair legal system.
    While legally we need the Equal Rights Amendment, there is no doubt that it will also be a very symbolic action. In the 1970s, when Congress sent the ERA to be ratified by the states, there was momentum in ratifying the amendment that was slowed by a movement led by Phyllis Schlafly. The article “Do American Women Still Need an Equal Rights Amendment?” explains that her campaign focused on arguments that are being used today, like the ERA will lead to women losing their rights as they are forced into the military, women at home are forced to go into the workforce as their husbands leave them, and gay marriage and broken households become the norm. Well, this future that scared so many in the 70s is the actual amazing, more developed, “better than ever” reality that we live in now as people have gotten more rights and stronger voices. More women are working than ever. According the to Department of Labor, 70% of mothers with children under 18 are working, and the proportion of women in the labor force with college degrees in 2016 has quadrupled since 1970. Thousands of happy, loving couples have gotten to marry one another since the Supreme Court case Obergefell v Hodges made gay marriage legal. Women just recently received the freedom to serve in combat roles in the military. Women have proved themselves to be stronger than society thought they could be in the 70s – we have brought the change we want, the change that so many were fearful of, by our own free will as we strive for equality with or without the help of an Equal Rights Amendment. Arguments that say women’s rights will be taken away don’t take into account that lawsuits have to be brought against a process for it to be illegal so what will happen after the amendment is passed is more hypothetical than anything. More importantly, those arguments fail to see the strength that women have shown over the past 30 years. There is no need for the protective paternalism of the past that held women back for so long. As a woman, I assure you, we are ready to be equal in every way, and we are ready for whatever comes with that. Adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution sends a strong message that can positively influence society on how we view things like sex discrimination and sexual violence. With an Equal Rights Amendment, heightened tensions in workplaces over women’s accusations at men’s actions can be quelled – instead of men being “ruined” and fired because a boss is too scared not to listen to the women’s word, an actual, fair, legal trial can be held where every side can have justice as no person jumps through loopholes and tries to connect puzzle pieces to prove their case. We don’t want our voice and our opinions to be louder, we just want our voices to be equal. With the ERA, women will be empowered, and their political efficacy will go up as they believe in a government that is standing up for gender equality. To truly be irreversibly equal as a woman under law will be an equality that will trickle into our culture, slowly creating a more equal, peaceful, and united American society.
    The numbers say that passing the ERA is a practical, common sense measure. A 2016 poll conducted by the National ERA Coalition found that 94% of Americans support an amendment to the Constitution that guarantees equal rights for men and women, but 80% of the people polled also thought the Constitution already guarantees equal rights among sexes. Congress and the states need to take the next step to make what so many in America want happen. Even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when speaking at the Aspen Institute in 2017, said that while women have come “almost as far” under the 14th amendment as could have happened under the ERA, passing the amendment will have immense symbolic and practical value. Hearing about all of the hoops women have to jump through in the courts, and seeing the tension between genders as they try to understand conflicting or vague laws and worry that one gender or another will be listened to over the other is what makes me want so badly for a equal rights amendment that can clear up tensions and confusion and stand for pure, untainted, balanced equality. At the same time, as a 17 year old woman who has looked up to the women of the Suffragette and Women’s Rights movements for so much of my life, to have the ERA passed in my lifetime would be so meaningful to me. Seeing the United States come together on this issue would be beautiful to me. This isn’t just a women’s right issue – this is a human issue. Equal rights for all sexes means all genders will be protected under this amendment – an amendment that has the power to change the culture of American society. Most of America agrees on this – and in a time when it seems like we are arguing about everything, it is nice to see that at least almost all Americans support equality. I hope to see America come together in support of this amendment, and I look forward to hopefully seeing all of the great things that will come from the Equal Rights Amendment being added to the Constitution.

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  • Mary Hannah from North Carolina

    I do believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should be ratified and put into action. Speaking from a women’s perspective I am all for women being held to the same capability as men, but however, that is not my reasoning for wanting to put the ERA in our Constitution. I did some research and read articles about the topic which discussed opposing views on the topic and found some pretty convincing results. By reading and analyzing different articles, the overall controversy is that some believe women are not protected against discrimination based on sex/gender, and others believe that these rights are already established in the 14th amendment in the US Constitution. Although some believe women’s equal rights are already given in the Constitution, if that is so then why do sex/gender offenses continue to happen. Maya Salam from the New York Times discusses the reasoning as to why implementing the ERA matters. Salam says, “80 percent of Americans mistakenly believe that women and men are guaranteed equal rights, but the only right the Constitution explicitly extends to both men and women is the right to vote,” which further proves this phenomenon of men and women having total equality under the law. The ERA would establish and protect domestic violence, sexual harassment, pregnancy and motherhood discrimination, and would secure equal pay among both men and women. The reason that this amendment has yet to be passed is because 38 states are needed in order to ratify it, but only 35 actually gave it the thumbs up. Eventually, Nevada and Illinois chose to jump on board with the ERA’s establishment, and one quote that I read gives justice to this ongoing issue. Jennifer McClellan, Senator of Virginia, said in an interview with The Hill, ““We should be the 38th state to ratify the ERA and finally bring truth to the promise that we are all created equal,” that quote serves the purpose of showing how the women of today’s society feel about their “equal rights” now in place, and that they hope the ERA will soon bring to women everywhere the promised equality they’ve been fighting for.

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  • Hannah from North Carolina

    I believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution. Currently, women are making less income than men. For every dollar that a man makes, a woman makes 80 cents. It should be expected that men and women are created equal without needing a rule or law to remind people, but women don’t have that protection under the constitution. In “The New York Times” article written by Maya Salam, she states that “By some estimates, 80 percent of Americans mistakenly believe that women and men are guaranteed equal rights, but the only right the Constitution explicitly extends to both men and women is the right to vote.” With this being said, women don’t have much recognition or acknowledgment in the Constitution. As a woman, I feel as if I don’t always have equal opportunities as boys my age whether it be in school or society. One thing that specifically bothers me is when a teacher needs help transporting goods from place to place and asks the guys first, assuming that girls wouldn’t want to lift or assist. “The Hill” posted an article stating “Some view the ERA at this point as moot, given that women have gained many rights through Supreme Court cases and laws like the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes discriminatory pay practices unlawful and gives women the right to seek a court ruling for back wages.” This statement goes against the one in “The New York Times” claiming the only laws we [women] had was the 14th amendment. Women will eventually become visible in the Constitution and leave a lasting impression.

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  • Sydney from North Carolina

    The Equal Rights Amendment is essential to the Consistition, in fact, the adding of the amendment is long overdue. The ERA states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Many people argue against the passing of the ERA, one reasoning is that we already have the 14th amendment. Yes, in fact, it does grant equal citizenship and rights to all people born in the United States. It fails though to specifically and clearly state that sex discrimination is unlawful, whereas the ERA clearly states so. Another aspect of opposition is that women’s rights have already been established in rulings such as Rode v Wade and the Lilly Ledbetter Act. This is true, but the ERA would provide a strong legal defense against the rollback of these rights. Others argue that it would make separate bathrooms illegal, which is false because that is not sex discrimination. The definition of discrimination is “The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age or sex.” So by definition, separate bathrooms are not unjust but are put in place to ensure privacy. Lastly, others argue that since the ERA’s ratification due date has passed, which was June 30, 1982, that passing the ERA today would be unjust. This statement though contradicts the passing of the 27th amendment which was first proposed September 25, 1789, and ratified later May 7, 1992 (more than 200 years later.) If the 27th amendment was given the chance of ratification then the Equal Rights Amendment should be given a chance as well. Events have already occurred that the ERA could have made justify right for instance in Jessica Lenihan’s case, who had a Court Order of protection for herself and her children against her ex-husband Simon. One day Simon showed up with his truck and took Jessica’s 3 daughters from her front yard. Jessica repeatedly called the police for help and showed up at the station twice but they insisted that the Father had the right to see his children. Even though, the Court Order of Protection required mandatory arrest in instances like that. Later, at 3 am Simon showed up to the Police Station where he began a shoot out and was killed. Jessica’s three daughters were then found in the truck each shot in the head. Jessica then followed to sue the Police because they failed to enforce the Court order of Protection, her case went all the way to the Supreme Court where it was thrown out. It was thrown out because they claimed that there was no constitutional basis for her case. She later won the case in the Inter-American Commission for Human rights which found that the United Staes discriminated on basis of sex. As seen in this situation the ERA would have provided Jessica with a justified outcome. Without the ERA victories achieved by women in equal rights are vulnerable to dissolving or reversible at any time and without the ratification, the United States is depriving people equality.

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  • Karissma from New York

    It needs to be a constitution right which it is not currently!

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  • Hamid from California

    The Equal Rights Amendment should be ratified to the United States Constitution. ERA ratification would promote the next big step in guaranteeing gender equality across the United States. Currently, women across the nation face an uphill battle in their personal, societal, and work lives with apparent issues like income inequality, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. In a continuously improving union, women do not deserve a static form of treatment, the same proposed in the late 1700s.

    The entire U.S. Constitution is framed around principles based in the late 1700s, where there was a drastic difference in women’s role in society. Nowhere in the document are women guaranteed equality in personal and work life, prevented against discrimination on the basis of sex. Those who oppose the implementation of the amendment repeatedly mention how the Constitution is designed to promote equality and fairness for all people. Unfortunately, that is simply not true in current day life. Women are constantly being belittled due to their gender and discriminated in the workplace and private place as a result of a stagnant legal process. The societal culture present at the time of the writing of the Constitution inhibited the firm belief that women were destined to work in the home and tend to the family, while men contributed to labor. The structure of society was designed to constantly manipulate women’s progress and advancements. However, in the current day, women’s rights and opportunities have drastically changed over the world. It is time for the legal structure of our nation to also move with it. Without legal backing, the rights and goals of women can only go so far.

    Moving into the 21st Century, it is imperative that we take action in making sure that women are equally represented under the law. By doing so, the next frontier of scientific, medical, and philanthropic change can be led by the dedicated and persistent women of America. For example, moving into mid-2019, studies show that “women are now a majority of entering medical students nationwide” (Washington Post). The majority of medical school applicants now consists of women. This statistic is showing to be a part of a larger scale movement. Across the world, women are leading the change in the social, political, engineering, medical, and philanthropic sectors, pushing the bounds set before by men. Unfortunately, without any substantive, federal legal backing, individuals part of this trend see a more difficult path in job sectors and being hired at major leadership roles.

    Those who oppose the ratification of the ERA mainly point out that existing laws and regulations are already put in place to prohibit gender inequality. One example includes the 14th Amendment’s practice today, many arguing that “the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment protects women from discrimination.” Although there have been numerous cases such as Phillips v. Martin Marietta, 400 U.S. 542 and Reed v. Reed, 404 U.S. 71, which have upheld women’s equality under mention of the 14th Amendment, there still has been no passing of a substantive, comprehensive, and clear declaration, defiantly announcing gender equality at a federal level. The Equal Protection Clause in the Amendment states, “nor shall any State […] deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” There is no mention of sex within the text; the broad application argued by many cannot withstand the pressure that will continue to mount in the future, because of the vagueness of the statement. In addition, some argue that the amendment would drastically hurt the distinction in biological sex named today. “Today, courts have interpreted the word “sex” to include one’s gender choice. That changes everything because “sex discrimination” could then eliminate any distinction between male and female, regardless of biological differences” (“Why an Equal Rights Amendment would hurt more than it would help” AZ Central). With such an amendment, there would no longer be a distinction between male and female’s facilities, violating privacy, and putting women at risk. However, those that argue this do not understand the foundation of the ERA’s doctrine. The entire purpose of the document is not to make genders alike in terms of biological identification in public spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms, but to guarantee fundamental rights that make no difference in terms of separation of genders.

    Without passing the ERA, women across the U.S. will continue to feel misrepresented and unfairly treated, leaving the progress and development of our future at a halt. The ratification of this amendment is not a political issue; it is a fundamental human rights issue. If women in the United States are not guaranteed equal protection under federal law, there will be continued pay inequality, abusiveness against women, and prejudice in the workplace. We, as a nation, must continue to make progress in assuring equal protection to women, and continue to share that message across the world.

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  • Jennifer from New York

    I believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution. Many years women are discriminated against because they can’t live up to men. Women have been beaten and used as stepping stools for years now. Women should be able to chose what job they want instead of being put in categories that are only fit for their “sex”. Wage gapes are a major problem that lies between what gender you are, I may not have much knowledge but I do believe that Equal Rights Amendment should be added.

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  • Valeria from Nevada

    The Equal Rights Amendment needs to be added to the Constitution because women and men should be treated the same in any situation. If men and women are doing the same job at an equal level, they should be paid the same. If a woman reports a man for sexual harassment, she should be listened to and taken seriously. And vice versa, is a man reports a woman for sexual harassment, they need to be heard and action should be taken. The stigma needs to be removed from the work force of men and women being different, when they are all one thing – human. They deserve the same rights and it needs to enforced everywhere.

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  • fernando from Nevada

    The Equal Rights Amendment should most definitely be added to the constitution. The ERA is only seeking to demolish the discrimination between the sexes. With ERA there would be equal right to everyone regardless of sex.

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  • Raja from New York

    The ERA would be a perfect amendment to be added to the constitution. This is because it would give everyone equal rights and that’s how its supposed to be in the first place. We should give everyone their own personal freedom and benefits whether it is in the workforce, labor, or in general in society. As a result, the ERA will ensure people’s representation to be equal in today’s society in America.

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    • Jack from New York

      i agree, our country is supposedly equal for all citizens however there is not even laws against sex discrimination in our constitiotion. Once this is added, than the US can really say everyone has equal rights.

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  • Holly from New York

    I believe that an equal rights amendment should be added to the constitution. While some argue that women already have equal rights as mentioned in some laws or amendments, none of them give clear and specific protection. Having this amendment can ensure that there is no grey area of how women could be treated, and everyone will know exactly what is expected of them. Many companies today still discriminate against women to some degree, with them either not being paid the same, or not getting a job specifically because of their sex. The Equal Rights amendment would simply make sure that women are granted the right to same pay and equal protections. The variety of acts that support equal rights are a step in the right direction, but without a clear definition to all people about what equality women have the right to, there can still be a lot of ambiguity. Things such as the gender wage gap are serious issues, and yet it is still something that exists within the United States. I admit that I am not the most knowledgeable on the ERA, but with what I have researched and from personal experience, I agree that the Equal Rights Amendment should be ratified and added to the constitution.

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  • Josh from Kentucky

    I think that there should be an equal rights amendment in the Constitution. This is because without this amendment equal rights really has no foundation as a law and under the wrong person it could be weakened. With a equal rights amendment there is no way of finding loop holes to keep minorities under.

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  • Janayzia from North Carolina

    The Equal Rights Amendment is an proposed amendment designed to guarantee equal legal rights to all citizens regardless of race or gender. Therefore, I strongly believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution. Over the years, people had the idea that women did have the same rights as men under the 14th amendment, which is incorrect. The 14th amendment granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States, including former slaves. While the ERA would actually give women protection under the law, grant them equal pay, give them the exact same equal rights as men and would end legal distinctions between genders. I strongly believe that there should be no discrimination against anyone because of their race, gender, social class, religion, etc. Therefore, the ERA would have an overall positive impact on today’s society as it would grant both genders the same equal rights, equal pay for jobs and protect against pregnancies and abortions. The ERA was passed by Congress on March 22, 1972 so this is evidence that the United States citizens were in agreement with the ERA and wanted it to be ratified because they thought it would beneficial to their society as a whole!

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  • Daniela from Nevada

    Yes, i believe that the ERA should be added to the constitution because yes the 14th amendment is says equal rights but i believe its more towards voting. But also because men and women should be treated equally in the sense of payments, jobs, etc.

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  • Madison from North Carolina

    The ERA would allow for our citizens to feel like they have their right to happiness. It shouldn’t have to matter whether someone is in a same-sex marriage, it isn’t your marriage so does it really affect you that deeply?

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  • Trinity from Kansas

    I support the passing of the ERA, because we should all have to exact same rights as men. We are all humans and there really should not be a difference between the two genders. It’s been proven multiple times throughout history that a woman can do anything a man can. It would not be a smart move to subject to one gender without realizing that a woman gave birth to men. Everyone seems to not notice that we haven’t actually put discrimination by sex to rest. That we simply just ignored it because we had laws like title 9. Discrimination by sex still exist and needs to be dealt with.

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  • Megan from Kentucky

    Yes, because women do a lot in the world. It may not be every woman or do something that super great but they stand for what they believe in. Women and men are treated different, women may be treated a lot better than they were in the past but still. Women can do as much as men can and sometimes people forget that.

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  • Joey from Kentucky

    The ERA is implied in laws as well as the social norm; however, nowhere in the Constitution does it talk about equality for genders. Despite its integration into our society without an official doctrine, the formality of such would be a landmark advance in Civil Rights and official equity across all genders.

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  • Brennan from Kentucky

    At first, I would never have said yes but the world is changing. I think it should be because there is already a new wave in our world to be accepting towards everyone. If we go against this there will be protests. We already have many acts that support this so we might as well just instate an equal rights amendment.

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    I think as Americans we deserve the right to be free and to live our lives the was America advertises. All men and women should be equal.

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  • Peyton from Kentucky

    The Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution because it officially gives women more rights, and will help women in future court cases about sexual assault, the wage-gap, and domestic violence. Some argue that this is unnecessary considering that we already have some legislation giving these women the protections they need. However, I think that it is important in the generation and world that we live in today to have our rights expressly stated within the Constitution that our government is based off of. It is important for women and men to be viewed as equal and I think that this amendment is a step in the right direction.

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  • Robyn from Kentucky

    I think the ERA should be added to the Constitution, because it protects the rights for women that are not already explicitly stated in the Constitution. It would create more opportunities for women and prohibit sex-based discrimination, so that men and women are treated equally. The ERA could also help combat the lingering prejudice that still persists in today’s culture.

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  • Noah from Kentucky

    I would say that the ERA should be added to the constitution only because it seems that the 14th amendment does make everyone equal, but they could do better which everything included and that is where the ERA being added would help benefit our country.

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  • Sydney from Kentucky

    I believe that it should be added to the Constitution because we still have problems with gender discrimination even today. We have to deal with like the gender pay gap. People like to think that the 14th amendment gives men and women equal rights but it only pertains to giving women the right to vote. Women and men should have the rights and the same freedoms instead of it being unequal.

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  • Jonathan from Kentucky

    I truly believe that there should be an Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution because mainly do to the fact of gender equality. Especially in this day and age. Gender rights and equality are a huge subject. Fairness on each side go a long way. Historically women have suffered from bouts of unfairness due to gender, and in this day and age, although it is seen a lot less, it is still prevalent. I believe that in creating these equal rights it will not only create a more fair and just society, but actually start brining the people of the United States closer together as a whole.

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  • Audrey from Kentucky

    The Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the constitution because every American deserves equal opportunities. Even though we have the Equal Rights Act, by making it an amendment, it would become more secure and official. This amendment would fully grant every single American will equal rights and this would greatly benefit our society as a whole.

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  • Reese from Kentucky

    I believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the constitution because it provides everyone with the equal legal protection. It ensures that all citizens receive equal legal protection regardless of their sex. the ERA has advantages and disadvantages but I believe that its advantages outweigh its disadvantages. Everyone should have the right to have equal legal protection.

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  • Sydney from New York

    I will admit, I do not know much about the ERA and the constitution. But what I have learned about is the gender wage gap. I love soccer and I love to watch the U.S woman’s soccer team. And seeing my idols not get paid equally is upsetting. Many people mistakenly think that the 14th amendment guarantees equal rights for men and women. But the only right the 14th amendment explicitly extends to is the right for men and women to vote. The ERA would give equal legal rights for ALL American citizens regardless the sex. Another positive the ERA would bring is that it would require states to intervene in gender violence. It would also federally guarantee equal pay. This is very important to me. I want my kids to be able to look up at me and know that I am getting paid equally and know that they will always be equal in this world.

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  • shian from New York

    The Equal Rights amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters. for more than 200 years women have not had the same opportunity as men. yet everyone expects more form women. how is it fair that women have to work harder than men because men have their rights handed to them from birth.

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  • abigail from New York

    I believe that the Equeal Rights Amendment should be put in the constitution because women deserve the same rights under the law as men. Men were automatically born with all natural rights while women are punished just because they are female. Some will say that the ERA talks about abortions and that it will automatically make them legal but thats not true. according to other sources the abortions are not coreilated with the ERA. ERA is going to give women more power and make them feel as if they are just as important as men are.

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  • Lindsay from Washington

    The Equal Rights Amendment should definitely be added to the Constitution. Although women may not be as oppressed as much they have been historically, there is still nothing that states people cannot discriminate based on sex. The only right the Constitution explicitly gives to both genders is the right to vote. This leaves the door open for many things, such as women not being paid as much. Everyone deserves equal rights and no one should be discriminated against because of their race, gender, social status, sexuality, etc. The Equal Rights Amendment would be very beneficial to our society, as it would ensure equal pay in the workplace, allow abortions to become a more common, safer practice and essentially ensure that a citizen’s rights are not abridged because of their sex. Many people argue that the Equal Rights Amendment is unnecessary, because there are already several laws and amendments where it is stated that a person cannot be discriminated against because of their sex. The most commonly mentioned is the 14th Amendment. However, it does not explicitly state anything about discriminating because of sex. This is what it says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” As you can see, there is nothing that explicitly states that people are not allowed to discriminate based on a person’s sex. This allows for many loopholes and technicalities that people would use to defend their discrimination and prejudice. This is why the Equal Rights Amendment is necessary, because it would clearly state that it is not legal for a person to be discriminated against because of their sex. Another argument people make is that the Equal Rights Amendment is not valid because 38 states did not ratify it before the deadline of June 30, 1982. However, there are cases where the deadline was void (one example is the 27th Amendment, which was passed in 1789, yet was only ratified by the states 200 years later). If other amendments were given the chance to be ratified by the states without concern for the deadline – such as the 27th Amendment – then the Equal Rights Amendments should be too.

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    • Allison from New York

      The Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution. The Constitution gives women the right to vote. Although, it does in fact leave the door open for other things. In our history, women have been oppressed greatly. It may not be as big of an issue now, but there definitely is things that could change. Adding the Equal Rights Amendment will give women more say. Everyone has the right to feel equal. It also will allow women to receive equal pay in the work place.

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  • Mikayla from Missouri

    I agree with the Equal Rights Amendment as proposed. According to other Amendments put into the Constitution by our founding fathers in 1787, it would be unconstitutional to not pass an amendment giving all genders equal rights. By passing this Amendment it would seek to end discrimination between opposite genders. As a daughter of divorced parents, in front of a judge a women overall does look weaker. In many situations, not just in court. Women and men have not always had equal rights in not aspect. Especially in the work force. By passing this “Equal Rights Amendment” it would follow Liberty and Democracy, as our founding fathers based our Constitution on.

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  • Hayden-Grace from New York

    I believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should be ratified and added to the Constitution. There are many reasons as to why I believe this. Many Americans are under the impression that women and men already have equal rights, protected by the 14th Amendment and the 19th Amendment. However, this is not exactly the case. The 14th Amendment protects the rights of all citizens to vote and the 19th Amendment protects a woman’s right to vote without discrimination on the basis of sex. These two amendments only protect equality in terms of voting rights and does not guarantee sex equality and protection in all areas of life. Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment can finally lead to the end of the fight for equality among women and men. The Equal Rights Amendment allows protection in areas of sexual harassment, equal pay, as well as discrimination against mothers and pregnant women. Many arguments against the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment are based on the deadline of this amendment. The issue of the deadline having passed in 1982 has lead many states to refuse the passing of the E.R.A. and other states to rescind their passing. I believe that our government should take repealing or overruling the deadline into consideration.There should not be a deadline on the fight for equality. Another argument is that of equal pay. Statistics say that women work less hours and often choose to work from home, even if it leads to a lower pay. It should be taken into consideration, the fact that women are often expected to take care of their children and work from home. Although this belief is not necessarily conventional wisdom in this day and age, it still appears to be rooted into American society. Pay should be equal despite where someone works from. If a woman is doing the same job as a man, but they are working from home, why should it matter where they are working from. The same quality of of work should not lead to an inequality in pay. Overall, I believe that the Equal Rights Amendment will allow for the protection and equality for women. If everyone learns to respect women as their equals rather than seeing a woman as less of a person, I believe that this amendment can be ratified and lead to major benefits for all in the long run.

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  • Alexis from New York

    I believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution for a few reasons. One of the reasons is that I am a women and I have grown up with people telling me that you can not be something or do something because you are a girl. I personally believe that if there was an Amendment that made men and women equal no matter what on the Constitution, that could stop that. Another reason, is that if the 14th Amendment is not ensuring 100% equal rights and only voting rights. If equal rights are ensured then there could be no more wage gap and no more discrimination of any kind. There would also be protection for sexual harassment, domestic violence, and protection for pregnancy and motherhood. That is why I believe the ERA should be added to the Constitutuin

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  • Amethyst from New York

    From my point of view i think it is morally wrong to discriminate and not believe everyone is equal not only was the 14th amendment a major step in history in making it that not only white people are equal but African American and not only men also women the 14th amendment was made for equal protection under the law. Even though we have taken a big step in history there is still much room for improvement. As women we have came along way through history and have received many rights but that does not mean the problem is solved a major problem that is still occurring today is pay gaps between men and women. I believe that the amendment should be ratified and really give everyone the rights they deserve in making the choices they want with equal protection from the law

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  • Katelynne from New York

    I believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution because women currently don’t have equal protection under the Constitution. A lot of Americans believe that women and men are guaranteed equal rights, but in reality, the only right that the Constitution extends to both men and women is the right of voting. With an Equal Rights Amendment added to the Constitution, we will be able to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens, regardless of their sex. This pertains to equal rights in terms of divorce, property, employment and more. An Equal Rights Amendment would intervene in cases of gender violence, including domestic violence and sexual harassment. Also, it would guard against pregnancies and motherhood discrimination. In addition, It would federally guarantee equal pay. Adding this right to the constitution would provide both women and men federal legal protection. As women become more active in politics, education, and communities, it only makes sense to me that the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution, as they deserve just as much federal protection from their country as any other citizen does, regardless of if they’re a male or female.

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  • Matthew from New York

    I believe the ERA should be put in the constitution because we’re all humans and we should all have the same rights, regardless of our gender. Each person on this planet has a voice and a right to speak their own opinion. Obviously everyone is going to have their own statement and observation on who should get what rights but at the end of the day we’re all on this planet together and we should all have the same rights.

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  • Kyle from California

    I believe the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution because under God, it is morally wrong to put others down based on their social, racial, or religious status. Historically speaking, women and blacks were faced with many challenges throughout their life due to not having the rights that others had. All in all, I believe it is necessary to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution in order for the United States to rise up as one nation under God, as said in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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  • jacquelyn from Virginia

    Although women face significantly less oppression than they did 50 years ago, sex bias still exists in forms like the Gender Pay Gap. I understand some people think this is a myth- even so, why would you be opposed to something that is only to put into law what “already exists”?

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  • Rose from Ohio

    According to the Pew Research Center, 42% of working women in America have faced gender discrimination. Because of the nature of who founded our country and who wrote the constitution, women still do not have the same kind of equality men have: “among employed adults, women are about twice as likely as men (42% versus 22%) to say they have experienced at least one of eight specific forms of gender discrimination at work” (Pew Research Center). The equal rights amendment would try to combat this problem. Today, the only right the Constitution guarantees women and men equally is the right to vote. In addition, it would defend against reversing women’s rights such as Roe v. Wade.

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  • Irlanda from Texas

    I believe it is important to stand up for what we believe in, so ratifying this amendment would be right thing to do due to the fact that the 14th amendment is not too clear when it comes to gender inequality. Even though this is a concept that is already accepted by society, some people still don’t follow it because it is not ensured by law, so I believe the best thing to do would be to pass it.

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  • Sebastian from Virginia

    i believe that the 14th amendment is too vague when it comes to sex discrimination. I would say that the current situation is proof that not enough has been done to combat discrimination based on sex, ergo the 14th amendment cannot be sufficient.

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  • isaac from North Dakota

    i do believe that its okay for women to work like guys do but doesn’t mean if a guy gets the job before them, that doesn’t mean the companies is being sexist they could be just watching out for you or the guy might have just little more working experience then the women would have. Also that doesn’t mean they are sexist because they are some companies that women own and they have hired men over women so it can go both ways really so if you don’t get the job just keep working at it or just move on there are plenty of jobs in world but if you aren’t willing to try then better luck next time that isn’t sexist tho but it does go out the window. If a guy puts more time and effort in getting that job then of course he’s going to get it.

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  • kobee from North Dakota

    I think this bill shouldn’t go through as it is now. They need to think of other things not just the wage gap. If women want equal pay they should have to sign up for the draft. women just want the equal pay. I also believe that some select woman will then run with this bill and use it as ammo for when they do not get what they want. So for example that if a women doesn’t like a guy that works with her she could go make a false accusation pf him being sexiest on him he would get fired.

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  • Thomas from Florida

    I don’t believe that the ERA should be included to the Constitution for the fact that we already have equal rights between both sexes. One of the most debated topics for the ERA is about the supposed “wage gap” of men and woman working the same job. So many factors play into the a person’s paycheck and none them have to deal with the person’s sex or even their sexual orientation. The statistics have been manipulated in a way to convince woman that they are the victim of systematic societal discrimination and need further benefits from the government.

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    • jasmine from California

      Usually, men have it easy when applying for a job or getting a bigger paycheck. You, as a man, may not know the struggle women have in the work place. Often times, women do get paid less even though they have the same credentials as someone who gets paid much more than them. Though it doesn’t happen as often as it used to, it still happens. In rare cases, this can also happen to men. If someone would want to argue this in the court, it’d be difficult since they can’t refer to equality being their given right. With the ERA, it’ll be possible for anyone to argue for their equality since it would become their given right. It’s sad to say that equality shouldn’t have to be written and enforced, but it has to be since many think that the world isn’t an unfair place. The U.S. has become an unfair place for any gender, race, and/or religion. The ERA will be a step towards trying to eliminate that unfairness.

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  • Zachary from North Dakota

    This amendment is irrelevant as men and women already have equal rights.

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  • Dayden from North Dakota

    After reading some news articles I thought the ERA was going to be a good thing but then I realized it would be bad for gender equality. The amendment would not change the wage gap. Women usually work fewer hours than men. They choose different career paths that pay less and have usually less hours of work. Women genuinely take time out of the workforce or choose working from home over higher wages.

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  • Destiny from North Dakota

    I do not think that ERA should be passed again. I believe that it would hurt more then help, this law would permanently eliminate sex discrimination. This would inhabit, no further equal pay, current law already requires equal pay for man and women. Today people interpreted the word “sex” in only one’s gander choice. This changes everything because “sex discrimination” could then eliminate any distinction between male and female.

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  • Daniel from North Dakota

    No i don’t think that the ERA amendment is needed to structure the way that people are treated there are still the people that will not follow it, and we are fine without it. They are pro life so that is supporting abortion. They will get rid of the gender specific bathrooms

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  • Jack from North Dakota

    No, I do not believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the constitution. There is not an issue between the equal rights of men and women at the moment. By adding this amendment to the constitution I believe it would make it a problem. It would be a problem because there is almost no guaranteed way to prove that someone is sexist unless they come out and say they are. This goes for bosses as well, any women who felt as if she was being treated unfairly just because she didn’t get the job or the promotion would be able to accuse her boss of being sexist and I believe it would cause a major problem within our country. The second reason this is not a problem is because there are women everywhere who are in charge of thousands of men. All they had to do was work harder and be better at their job than their peers. Now I am not saying that there aren’t any sexist bosses, but the chances are if you didn’t get the job or the promotion, you either weren’t qualified, you have no work ethic, or you just suck at your job. In this world now all it takes is some hard work and dedication to get anywhere, and that is why I don’t agree with this amendment.

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  • Flint from North Dakota

    No, i do not think the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the constitution. For starters the 14th amendment has been proved in the supreme court that it protects women from discrimination. There are already laws stating equal pay for both women and men. People for the ERA state there is 80 cents to a mans dollar. However they are not considering that women work fewer hours and choose different career paths and education then men. The ERA could also eliminate men and women’s facilities we would have to have more to protect all genders since there is no longer just two. Last but not least the ERA supports abortion. I am pro life and do not believe abortion should be legal. The ERA would enshrine abortion.It could not only make abortions a routine practice but could get rid of any restrictions upon it that make sense.

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  • Justin from New Hampshire

    The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), although intended to give women equal protections, will only work to remove some of the protections women already have. An unintended consequence of the ERA is that this will constitutionally require there to be no sex-based discrimination. This may seem like a good thing, but in reality, sex-based discrimination that actually benefits women and grants them protections. For example, gendered bathrooms will no longer be constitutional. The ERA would require that all sexes receive the same protections, which when applied with the precedent made in Brown v. Board of Education’s “separate is not equal” doctrine would mandate that all bathrooms be open to both sexes. In an evolving society where the boundaries of sex and gender are constantly being pushed, many people have already accepted that bathrooms should be open to everyone. However, extend the same circumstance to locker rooms and public showers, the issue escalates drastically. Now, men and women, cis or not, are required to share these kinds of facilities. The ERA’s flaws are truly outlined through the point that they would not just allow for but rather require that the locker rooms found in middle schools, made for 11-14 year olds, to be accessible by coaches aged 40, 50, 60+. Before supporting the ERA think, is it helping or hurting women to pave the way for middle-aged men to be in the same shower room as young teenage women changing and showering?

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  • Julia from California

    Hello! I’m a girl here. To me, it makes no sense as to why the ERA would need to be added to the constitution. Protections against sex discrimination already exist to protect the sexes, and more protections would be ludicrous. Furthermore, members of congress are almost certain to use the bill for uses other than its intended purpose including transgender rights, “bathroom bills”, and abortion rights. It is ridiculous to cloak a bill that will be used for these purposes as “Women’s Rights”. At this point in time, so many things, like the 14 amendment and title 9 already exist to defend against gender discrimination. This bill is not to protect women; it is a guise that will be used to push an extremely Liberal agenda, with backing in the constitution. And if you feel that transgender, childcare, and abortion rights should be protected in the constitution, attempt to make that a reality. But do no lie and hide the truth under an amendment for “women’s rights”. We all know what that will be used for. We all know. It is wrong to make equal rights a non bipartisan issue, so do not hurt the fight for equality to push a selfish agenda for just your party.

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  • Chase from California

    The Equal Rights Amendment is not a necessary addition to the Constitution, because laws have already been put in place to end legal discrimination and institutional problems present in the past. While discrimination is still a problem in various places all over the country, a Constitutional Amendment would not solve this problem. In fact, according to an azcentral.com article, “Proponents of the ERA point to a wage gap of 80 cents on a man’s dollar, but they leave out critical variables. Women typically work fewer hours than men; they choose different education and training; they choose different career paths; and they take time out of the workforce or choose working from home over higher wages. When these variables are taken into consideration, the “unfair wage gap” vanishes.” While this does not define all the protections provided by the ERA, these facts have a deeper meaning that is not talked about in American society in current times: more research needs to be conducted. In the past, this wage gap issue has been a massive argument for the feminists of America, but it has been proven various times to be false. While I am not saying that all of their beliefs are invalid, I feel like there needs to be more taught on this side of the argument, instead of constantly only viewing one perspective. The same article presents the idea that “Perhaps the most egregious consequence of a 2019 ERA is its effect on abortion. Because it would be a constitutional amendment, the ERA could enshrine abortion into the Constitution by arguing such a procedure cannot be treated any differently than other medical procedures for a man.” This support deems that an abortion is a simple medical procedure for women to endure. I feel like the definitions of discrimination have changed and that people are pushing the boundaries on how far they can go. Discrimination is still a problem, just as racism is, but adding the ERA would not solve the institutional sexism already prevented by bills such as the Equal Pay Act. In the end, I believe that more research has to be done before we make an Amendment that enforces acts already in place. This is why I feel like it is not a necessity to add the ERA to the Constitution.

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  • William from North Carolina

    Years ago, when the Equal Rights Amendment was passed in 1972, the United States was a very different place than it is now. The ERA could’ve been very beneficial to our country then, but now it would be futile, because we have laws that outlaw discrimination, such as the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act, and the deadline for ratification has already been exceeded. Maya Salam’s “What Is the Equal Rights Amendment, And Why Are We Talking About it Now?” claims that “[The ERA] would also require states to intervene in cases of gender violence, such as domestic violence and sexual harassment; it would guard against pregnancy and motherhood discrimination; and it would federally guarantee equal pay.” The Civil Rights Act of 1964 already requires states to intervene in cases of gender violence or discrimination, as does the Equal Pay Act protect against a wage gap. Cathi Herrod’s “Why an Equal Rights Amendment would hurt more than it would help” provides a very thought-provoking point: “Proponents of the ERA point to a wage gap of 80 cents on a man’s dollar, but they leave out critical variables. Women typically work fewer hours than men; they choose different education and training; they choose different career paths; and they take time out of the workforce or choose working from home over higher wages. When these variables are taken into consideration, the ‘unfair wage gap’ vanishes.” Women aren’t being denied equal pay: in reality, it is quite the contrary. On average, women choose different careers than men do, careers that don’t pay as well as careers that men typically choose. Furthermore, ratifying this Amendment now would be unlawful. Five states have since rescinded their wishes to ratify the amendment, and the deadline for the amendment, 1982, has already been exceeded by 37 years. While the 27th Amendment was ratified over 200 years after it was passed, the amendment didn’t have an official deadline like the ERA did. In her article “New momentum for Equal Rights Amendment”, Lydia Wheeler claims that “This ratification suggests that amendments, such as the ERA, which do not contain a textual time limit, remain valid for state ratification indefinitely”. While Wheeler claims that there was not a textual deadline for the ERA, President Carter signed a joint resolution which extended the deadline to 1982, instead of its original deadline in 1979. The 27th Amendment had no such deadlines, and as such could still legally be ratified 200 years after it was passed. Even if the ERA’s deadline of 1982 was “a mostly arbitrary deadline”, according to Maya Salam, it was a deadline nonetheless, and needs to be respected as any other deadline would be. A change in the view of women isn’t going to come from a new law. A societal shift needs to take place to change the view of women by the general public. There are many movements going on already to combat discrimination against women, such as the “#MeToo movement”, that are successfully portraying women in a new light. Women won’t gain the respect that they desire from another law, instead, that respect will come with a societal shift in how women are portrayed.

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    • Chase from California

      These are some of the most compelling arguments I have seen for this side of the debate and I respect the amount of research you did for this.

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  • Raven from North Carolina

    The Equal Rights Amendment should not be added to the constitution because it would only repeat rights already given to women. It may seem as if men and women only have a few of the same rights one being “men and women can vote”, says Maya Salam. After that the equality gets very slim, but in all truth men and women aren’t equal. Women take up more softer roles in our society. Very few women are construction workers, Carpenters, electricians,etc. It’s just now starting to become likely to see a woman as a police officer. I feel that if a woman is in the same profession as a man and has the same experience as a man then they should be paid equally. If a women is not going to go to the extreme to take up these rougher jobs that men take up then why should they get the same pay? If they don’t work the same amount of hours then the pay shouldn’t be equal because the hours aren’t equal. I also feel that the laws that are already set in place for equality are working well. I feel that if the fight for the equal rights amendment were to continue then it would only create unwanted equality. Like men and women sharing the same bathrooms and dorms. Not only is that unsafe but it can also be uncomfortable for genders. I feel that women just want the satisfaction of having the rights on paper.
    Discrimination is an important situation in our society, but an amendment isn’t going to change that. You get what you work for.

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    • Delaney from Washington

      Why should we not want rights on paper? Why should we not have concrete evidence to point to that says “women and men deserve the same rights”? I’m confused as to how this is a bad thing.
      I’m not going to lie, there are a lot of things about your response that confuses me. For example, the idea that it will lead to (gasp!) co-ed dorms or bathrooms. Nearly every college I know of that is not a religious college has co-ed dorms.
      Furthermore, you address the fact that there is a disparity in the jobs that women choose to the ones that men choose. But have you stopped to think of why that might be? Women are not marketed toward labor fields. In school and in our society, women are directed to jobs such as teaching or nursing. We are directed to english and arts classes. Meanwhile, it is the boys who are encouraged to take woodshop and engineering. Yes, there are fewer women in these fields, but part of that is because as a society, we direct women away from them, and alienate them from even the idea of doing those jobs.
      Yes, women work more unpaid hours, but could that be because it is societal standard that women are the ones in charge of the home and the children? If you have both a mom and dad at home, maybe you should talk to your mom about how much housework she does in comparison to your dad. Think about it: who cooks the meals? Who does the laundry? Who cleans up the house, and takes you to and from activities? Is the work they are doing at home equal? I know it isn’t in my house. Women are directed from birth to be geared toward housework and away from labor jobs. Girls are given babydolls and toy kitchens, boys are given cars and plastic toolkits. It begins from birth. And although an equal rights amendment won’t fix those things, the idea that it is entirely women’s fault for their own discrimination and societal standards is wrong.

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  • Tamiah from North Carolina

    The Equal Rights Amendment ( ERA) is defined as “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” Everyone seems to overlook the fact that discrimination because of sex still exist. According to Maya Salam, from the NY Times Magazine, “80 percent of Americans mistakenly believe that women and men are guaranteed equal rights, but the only right the Constitution explicitly extends to both men and women is the right to vote.” As the article says, the 14th amendment technically only grants women and men the right to vote. So what about gender violence, such as domestic violence and sexual harassment? What about pregnancy/ motherhood discrimination, and equal pay? Aren’t those things equally important ? We continue to let offenses such as those happen daily with no solution. Though I think that this amendment sounds great it is not realistic. Words written down on a piece of paper will not eliminate the perception that people have developed of women through over 300 years of gender discrimination. Women have gained many rights since the 1970’s, which is why the ERA is now unnecessary. Wheeler says that “Women have gained many rights through Supreme Court case and laws like the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act”. Laws and amendments have not changed the fact that women are still unequal. I believe the ERA is unnecessary because it would not provide a significant change in the issue of gender inequality.

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  • Sean from New York

    I don’t think it really matters much. Just because a man gets a job over a woman, it doesn’t mean it is discrimination. If it gets passed, I can already see women complaining that a workplace is sexist, and taking companies to court or something stupid because they didn’t get a job. In theory it sounds nice, right? Equal rights for all. But I can only see it causing problems. And in today’s society, women are getting those higher corporate jobs, women HAVE BEEN getting paid the same as men for years now. Society is becoming more equal without any helping hand from the government. It will only cause social problems, and a bunch of 3rd wave feminists to start complaining when they don’t get jobs.

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    • Kathy from New Hampshire

      Hi there Sean. All I can say in response to this comment is that unfortunately, we do not and cannot live in a perfect world. Sexual discrimination and harassment is a thing, hugely limiting the way we as a country progress in the overall goal of equal rights for everyone. If this does not help you to understand, I will give you some statistics. First, women make 82% of what men do financially working the same job for the same hours, a poll from 2018 shows. Also, male lawyers are paid a staggering 25% more on average compared to their female counterparts. As to the problem of sexual harassment, 1 in 2 women face it during their lifetime. With all of this put together, it makes a strong argument, I hoped that I changed your mind about this and thank you for commenting.

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    • Rose from Ohio

      It is just not correct to say that “women have been getting paid the same as men.” According to the Pew Research Center, “In 2018, women earned 85% of what men earned … Based on this estimate, it would take an extra 39 days of work for women to earn what men did in 2018” So yes, currently women are being paid less than men.

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    • Delaney from Washington

      I see that you are uninformed about the way our judicial system works, as well as how discrimination in our society works.
      On the judicial side of things, it is actually extremely difficult to sue for discrimination because you have to prove that the reason they turned you down was based on gender. So no, there would not suddenly be an influx of people suing. Even if there was, the majority of cases (90% in fact) don’t go to court. They simply get settled between lawyers from the two opposing parties. And if they did go to court, our judges have an intricate knowledge of the constitution. You seem to be worried that women all over the place would suddenly be swindling companies out of their money and creating backlogs in court if the ERA passed, which is simply a ridiculous idea. The ERA is based on the idea that the US and the states will not create laws that treat people differently on the basis of sex.
      Also, you claim that women are getting higher corporate jobs, which clearly means you haven’t done your research. In 2018, women made up only 4.8% of CEOs of fortune 500 companies. That number is actually down by 25% from the 2017 number, so clearly women don’t have as much corporate influence as you think. And the wage gap still exists. Women only make 80% of what men make, and this number gets lower when you compare women of minorities to white men. While there is certainly room for error, there is not room for 20% error. Then you factor in comparable worth, a whole host of statistics saying women are more likely to lose jobs because of family reasons, and it just goes to show that no, women are not treated equally in this country.
      https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/21/2018s-fortune-500-companies-have-just-24-female-ceos.html
      https://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/
      And a really great video (granted a few years dated) if you really want to educate yourself more on the economic inequality of women in our country, but aren’t one for reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it0EYBBl5LI

      Also we’re in the fourth wave of feminism

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    • Kiersten from New York

      THe whole underying purpose of this amendment is to provide equality based on different sexes and demolish discrimination depending on sex.

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    • jessica from New York

      i think it is a huge matter. women deserve to be just as equal as men. jobs and pays should be the same. we are all equal

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    • Molly from New York

      I disagree because it is still proven that men do in fact get paid more than women and there is no good reason for it to not be added to the constitution. I see where you are coming from but women deserve rights under the law.

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  • Caroline from North Carolina

    The Equal Rights Amendment should not be admitted into the Constitution until it has been revised to accommodate for the societal advancements that have happened after the amendment was originally created. In theory, a piece of legislation that further guarantees women equal protection under the law is a great proposal, but the ERA is a very layered and faulty text with motives ulterior to this idea. Firstly, the ERA fails to address equal protection and treatment of those who do not identify with either the male or female gender, but rather identify as one of the infinite genders. If the true intention of the ERA is to provide equality to all citizens of the United States, then the document needs to address all citizens, rather than simply addressing the two traditional genders that dominated during the time at which this was written. If the amendment fails to address other genders (non-binary, gender-fluid, etc.), then not only does it heavily fail to promote equality despite one’s gender, but it becomes a redundant piece of legislation. The fourteenth amendment is already in place to guarantee equal rights to men and women under the law, so another amendment restating the same philosophy is simply unnecessary. Secondly, the ERA is somewhat misleading in that it is advertised as legislation to provide women with equal rights and protection under the law, though it is tailed with an underlying political agenda that supports abortion. If the ERA’s goal is, in fact, to support pro-choice ideas, then it should be advertised as so, though ultimately, it would better harness support if it did not include a stance on abortion. If the amendment is changed in a manner that will address gender equality for all citizens bound to the Supreme Law of the United States and focus more heavily on addressing gender-based discrimination, it would be much more fruitful. For these reasons, I believe that the ERA should not be passed in its current state, but, with revision, could be very beneficial to all citizens of America, regardless of gender.

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    • Joseph from New York

      I disagree, the passage of the ERA would have a great impact on equality for all. The ERA would cause a positive impact on all citizens of the united states and push fairness in the workforce. I do agree that revision of the ERA that it could be amazing but i also think that any push for equality is a good move. I also believe is we pass the ERA as is that it will be revised in the future causing it to be even better and more beneficial to everyone.

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    • lizzy from New York

      i disagree with your statement because I as a women feel that everybody should have the same equal rights than every male in the state. just know that the equal rights helps you or actually everybody as a person. it helps you from not being discriminated .

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  • Kristen from North Carolina

    When I first read this I didn’t understand what the Equal Rights Amendment was I needed a clearer understanding of it. It doesn’t matter to me whether it is added to the constitution or not. As a young woman, I, of course, want to be considered as an equal, but to me, it seems that the people fighting for this just want a more specific sentence in a document that’s on a piece of paper. In the 14th amendment, it states, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” If you’re fighting to have the specificity of civil rights regarding sex outlined in the constitution couldn’ t the same thing be said in regards to race? The constitution already grants “all persons born or naturalized in the United States” equal rights. There are also many laws and amendments that specify equal protection and rights for all. I find it interesting that it is thought that this will fix the problems we have in our country in regards to sex discrimination. I don’t care what you do, I don’t care how many laws, amendments, or rules into place there is no perfect democracy. There will still be discrimination, there will still be unfairness. People will still find ways to get around the constitution. As far as the United States is concerned we as not just women but as a country are fortunate to have the rights and protection we have. If you want to help someone and fight for protection and legal rights or rights altogether, why don’t you go to underdeveloped countries and do something there? All this debate over something that is kind of superficial. There are deeper issues and problems that could use this much effort as well. Why don’t we put that energy into helping the 15 million children that live in poverty in the U.S? Or the 1 billion children that live in poverty in the world? Or the fact that a quarter of the countries in the world deny women basic human rights.

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  • Luke from North Carolina

    When I first saw this assignment I automatically sided with the idea of ratifying the ERA, but after reading the 3rd article (azcentral) I had second thoughts. I really like the argument given by all 3 articles. They gave good evidence on whether the ERA should be ratified or not, and their arguments were really convincing. I also like a lot of the responses at the bottom of the Think the Vote article.
    The reason I think the ERA shouldn’t be ratified is because the ERA would just re-explain what’s already written in the constitution. Also, sexual discrimination isn’t as bad as it used to be, except for certain sports (football). The 14th Amendment states that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States… are citizens of the United States… No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property… nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” This clearly states that anyone born in the us gets the same rights as every other citizen in the United States. Also, everyone SHOULD get “equal protection of the laws,” which is what the ERA also states. According to GOOGLE, being a citizen in the US means “the government protects you and all your rights granted in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.” All you need to do to have these rights is to be born in America. Just being a citizen grants you ALL the rights listed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And guess what’s in the Constitution? The 14th Amendment. The ERA is just a copy of the 14th Amendment and the Constitution. It’s unnecessary.
    I’m all for equal rights for EVERYONE. I love the idea. I just don’t think money should be used on creating something that already exists. What should be done instead is more awareness of the rights stated in the Constitution and more action taken in upholding said rights. That’s why I agree with azcentral (the ERA is unnecessary) and Caleb from Florida, who makes the same argument I did: “…the protections for women are already there. Women are citizens of the United States so every amendment that protects the right of a citizen applies to them. Saying that we need the Equal Rights Amendment is similar to saying that women have no rights under the Constitution.” I bolded this last part because I love it so much! Thanks Caleb from Florida. But yes, that is technically what the ERA is saying: “Women have NO rights, so we should give them some.” NO. Women do have rights! They just need to be acknowledged.
    I totally don’t think that Daniella from Nevada did her research. “Yes, i believe that the ERA should be added to the constitution because yes the 14th amendment is says equal rights but i believe its more towards voting.” So, the 14th Amendment was not about voting, it was about citizenship. The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Combine these 2 Amendments together and you get the same rights as men/everyone (in the US). I also dislike Madison from North Carolina’s argument: “The ERA would allow for our citizens to feel like they have their right to happiness.” Madison clearly didn’t do his research either. The Constitution states that citizens of the US cannot be deprived of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The problem isn’t that we need a new Amendment to rid America of sexual discrimination. The problem is that no one is paying attention the existing Amendments and the Constitution. The problem is that existing laws about discrimination don’t need to be revised, they need to be maintained and upheld (as I said earlier).

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  • Aliciya from North Carolina

    The Equal Rights Amendment would be designed to guarantee gender equality for men and women. To supporters of the ERA being added to the Constitution, they believe that “this is something that needs to be accomplished”(Cardin). Although adding the ERA to the Constitution seems like a great idea, it would stir up more controversy, and would come with greater consequences. It “violates privacy and puts women and children in danger of those who would exploit the law to access victims” (Dustin Gardiner). We have to take into consideration biological differences. Although these differences shouldn’t stop either sex from going against gender roles in society, the ERA would interfere with biological procedures like abortions. ” The ERA could enshrine abortion into the Constitution by arguing such a procedure cannot be treated any differently than other medical procedures for a man” (Dustin Gardiner). With a sentimental approach, these procedures should be handled differently than of a mans’. It sounds good to say that everyone will be equal, and women will get better pay, and so on. While these things may sound good, nothing is perfect and it will come with some flaws. Today, women may get paid less, but there are opportunities to succeed higher than a man. In the New York Times article suggests that ” the ERA would tear apart the traditional family structure and strip women of remaining privileges, such as having separate bathrooms and college dormitories for men and women”. To a certain extent as a woman I want equality, but adding the ERA to the Constitution wouldn’t be they way to do it. I feel as though college dorms should be split, including restrooms. In addition to the previous quote, in reference back the quote about taking away privacy from women, this plays a big part in adding the ERA to the Constitution. Both men and women need privacy, and to avoid any sexual misconduct, separate bathrooms are appropriate. The laws that in tact now aren’t enough to guarantee gender quality, but the ERA wouldn’t guarantee it either.

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  • Hannah from North Carolina

    The Equal Rights Amendment is a push for rights that women basically already have. While uprising women want “equal” rights to men, what will happen when that happens? Women and men will not have the privacy to their own gender facilities, according to the azcentral article. “When the law conflates equality with sameness, women’s locker rooms at school or the gym become illegal,” Cathi Herrod explains. Without the privacy women have in gender exclusive areas, men will resort to domestic violence or such. The ERA does, however, state that the state has to intervene in cases of gender and sexual violence. Many believe that the ERA will equal pay for both women and men, but this is simply not the case. “Current law already requires equal pay for men and women,” Cathi Herrod explains. Women already recieve the same payment as men due to current law, and many states already realize that this amendment would not be necessary. This was originally proposed in 1923 but did not get the requirement of states to procede. This amendment still struggles to get votes, thus shows that current laws are made and available to grant equal rights to all people.

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  • Michael from Wisconsin

    The main problem with the Equal Rights Amendment is its ignorance towards a fundamental truth. Men and women are different. Men are physically stronger. Out of many examples that prove this is the following stat: the fastest women’s 100 meter sprint ever recorded clocks in at .43 seconds slower than the eighth place finisher in the men’s 100 meter sprint at the 2016 Olympics. Men tend to show less emotion and be less receptive to emotional appeals than women. Women and men focus on different things, want different things, plan differently, think differently, act differently, and more. Research shows that these are not socially developed differences either. In fact, societies with more rules and societal order tend to have less differences between the two genders. With these differences in mind, it is fair to question the point of an amendment that makes the two legally equal. These types of actions were needed to make races equal, but races are not fundamentally different in behavior, actions, and thoughts. They are only different in skin pigmentation, a feature that affects nothing outside of appearance. There are many reasons that attempting to make the different genders equal would end up negatively. For one, it would cement abortion into the Constitution. While many fans of the ERA would likely be happy with this, an amendment legalizing the murder of tens of thousands of youth is morally abhorrent to say the least. For another, it would make any male and female groups or facilities illegal. Many laugh at this as a ridiculous attack on the ERA, but it is a justifiable one. If men and women are legally equal, there is simply no legal defense for gendered bathrooms, schools, groups, camps, and more. One lawsuit would make all of these disappear, devastating areas where many of us learn how to grow and be better men and women. The ERA seems noble at first, but a closer look reveals that it is actually the exact opposite of what we need.

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    • Juliana from New York

      I’m sorry, but i’m gonna have to disagree with you. Firstly, who cares if men are quote on quote “stronger than women”? I know some girls who can beat a guy up any day. And men also can be emotional as well. The idea is to be treated equally. Which means equal pay for everyone, equal treatment for everyone, and no discrimination. I just hope you can look at a more positive note about it being possibly added to the constitution.

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  • Samuel from Virginia

    Susan B. Anthony once said, “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” Americans treasure their values of equality and freedom outlined in the Constitution and have attempted to make all aspects of society more fair throughout the course of our history. The Fourteenth Amendment, in particular, expanded the Equal Protection Clause of Bill of Rights and applied it to the states via selective incorporation, effectively prohibiting states from discriminating against minorities. The Equal Rights Amendment, therefore, should not be added to the Constitution because the language of the Constitution already guarantees equality for all people on both the federal and state levels. We live in an era of divided government, making legislation difficult to pass because of increasing party polarization that prevents cooperation and compromise. Since laws necessary to the well being of our country are already difficult to pass as a result of this partisan division, it would be too time consuming and inefficient to attempt to pass an amendment like the ERA that only grants freedoms already implied from the Fourteenth Amendment. We can be confident in this assumption because the courts have traditionally followed a loose interpretation of the Constitution in cases such as McCulloch v. Maryland where powers of Congress were accepted based on implied powers. The ERA, therefore, would not be a necessary amendment to the Constitution and would only delay our legislatures from passing other important laws that affect our population on a daily basis.

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  • Kassidy from Ohio

    In today’s society, there is an ever-growing emphasis on “women’s equality”. This statement alone is deceiving. From a young age, American children in school are educated on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, which are the foundational documents of The United States. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” may possibly the most widely known historical quote among the American population, if any one person knows anything of history, it would be Thomas Jefferson’s famous line. Modern feminists, including supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment, point to the wording of the quote that states “all men” being equal as discrimination against women. However, this is not the case. The statement was a reference to mankind, not just males. In other words, the founders thought that all humans are created equal, even women. The Bill of Rights, too, applied to women immediately upon ratification. The fight for true women’s equality was only kept alive by the lack of a right to vote, which was granted with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The women’s equality movement accomplished its fundamental goal ninety-nine years ago.

    The ERA, if ratified, would not make any so-called “progress” for women, but rather hinder any “progress” they have recently made while consequently harming the lives of other Americans as well. Contrary to popular belief, the addition of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution would have detrimental effects on the well-being of women. Certain laws and practices that were put in place to protect women would be stripped away because they would be viewed as awarding preferential treatment to women, which, under an Equal Rights Amendment, is a massive violation of American constitutional rights. For example, special accommodations to pregnant women in the workplace would be at risk of being struck down, along with the exemption of women from the draft and front-line combat. Women who are physically able are allowed to enlist in the military, but currently the draft does not include women. The Equal Rights Amendment would require women to be drafted to serve on the front-lines of combat in equal ratios to men. If taking away the laws in place that protect women is not enough incentive to refrain from ratifying the ERA, what is?

    Perhaps the threat of harming the lives of innocent unborn babies could be. The ERA would be used to overturn all current restrictions on abortion. Such restrictions that are included would be the partial-birth abortion ban, the third trimester abortion ban, and the parental notice of minors seeking abortion. The justification of such actions is simple: abortions are unique to women, meaning that restricting them is a form of sex-violation.

    Though there are many other reasons to not pass the ERA, the most basic is that women are already guaranteed equality through section 1 of the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment has already been applied by the U.S. Supreme Court on cases regarding gender inequality. Women are guaranteed equality to men in pay (by way of Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the EEOC), as well as in the use of public facilities, housing, and many other common aspects of everyday life.

    In short, the ERA is wholly unnecessary in the present American Society. The time for its ratification has come and gone. Rather than Amending the Constitution, Americans need to focus on education the younger generations so that they truly understand the highly important role of women in society, and that such a role is not hindered in any way, shape, or form, purely by being born a woman.

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  • Bridget from North Carolina

    The Equal Rights Amendment should not be added to the Constitution because the deadline for the amendment has passed, and it would provide no new rights for women. The Equal Rights Amendment was “First proposed in 1923 and but wasn’t passed by Congress until 1972. It then needed to be ratified by 38 states to be added to the Constitution, but only 35 states ratified it in time.” (Salam). Even if the required 38 states were to ratify the ERA, legislation would still have to go through the legal difficulties of attempting to revise the deadline. It is true that the 27th Amendment was not ratified until 200 years after it was passed, but there was also no time limit for that ratification. Five states have also rescinded their ratifications, and even though that issue is not specifically addressed in the Constitution, those decisions should be taken into consideration. The ERA would also not give women any new rights, it would only try to protect women against discrimination. There are already laws in place that are aimed to benefit women, and “The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment protects women from discrimination.” (Herrod). This clause offers equal protection of all citizens, which definitely applies to women. The elimination of the wage gap is also one of the topics that supporters of the ERA are arguing for, but “Current law already requires equal pay for men and women” by the Equal Pay Act (Herrod). The ERA would only give women (or people who identify as any sex other than male) a platform to argue on if they feel like they are being paid less because of their gender. Women have gained many rights since the 1970’s, which is why the ERA is now unnecessary. Wheeler says that “Women have gained many rights through Supreme Court case and laws like the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act”, showing that while this amendment could have been beneficial in the past, it would be futile to add it to the Constitution now. People are only now returning to the ERA because of the recent push for women’s rights (such as the #MeToo movement). Many women like the idea of having a law that says they are equal to men, but, speaking as a young woman, true equality will not come from laws. Women will only gain the respect they want and deserve from a societal change that is not going to be solved with an amendment, but with a change in the way we view women.

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  • Grace from North Carolina

    After researching the ERA I started to think that the amendment was a good thing, but I found it will do more harm than good for gender equality. Cathi Herrod writes in “Why an Equal Rights Amendment Would Hurt More Than it Would Help” explaining the details of the ERA and the effects of it. She describes how the amendment will not change one big topic regarding gender equality, the wage gap. Herrod says “Women typically work fewer hours than men; they choose different education and training; they choose different career paths; and they take time out of the workforce or choose working from home over higher wages”. The amendment wouldn’t affect the wage gap, making the ERA useless because no change would occur. Enforcing gender equality is what the ERA stands for but, the amendment wouldn’t change the most controversial thing being the wage gap. Herrod also mentions how the ERA involves abortion. She says “the ERA could enshrine abortion into the Constitution by arguing such a procedure cannot be treated any differently than other medical procedures for a man”, this steps on abortion issues and creates another conflict. The New York Times article “What Is the Equal Rights Amendment, and Why Are We Talking About It Now?” by Maya Salam, she also discusses issues with the ERA. She says “the E.R.A. would tear apart the traditional family structure and strip women of remaining privileges, such as having separate bathrooms and college dormitories for men and women”. The bathroom policy doesn’t mind some people, but to others, it is an issue of privacy to genders. If the ERA takes away privacy from both genders in the bathroom and college dorms, then I don’t feel it’s necessary. The use of the amendment would cause more controversy than positivity towards gender equality so it should not be added to the Constitution.

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  • Lauren from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think it should be added because we have a good majority or rights already and don’t need to be completely free with our actions. In order to have a safe and justifiable world we need to make sure people are held back from making bad choices such as things like abortion that would be included in this act. Women and men alike cannot harm the lives of others, especially if the women are pregnant. By not allowing this act, we will all remain safe and not in control of every action we make because whether we like or not, not all actions are good ones.

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    • Sean from New York

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  • Samuel from Kentucky

    No, I believe it is unnecessary at this time due to the society we live in. With the rise of movements and other united groups, rights are already being enforced. I personally believe that our society has a way with vigilante justice for discriminatory acts. It is not entirely accurate and effective (Rep. Omar’s anti-Semitic comments) but I believe for the everyday person it suffices. Also believe that our nation has bigger issues to confront first. The division our nation faces today only goes to influence and worsen other issues including civil rights.

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  • Quinton from Kentucky

    No, I do not think the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution. The constitution remains unchanged and it should stay that way for the rest of time, Sex identification and gender are not great deals of problems and I do not think they should be addressed. Btw there are 2 genders.

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    • Kathy from New Hampshire

      Woah, Quinton. While I understand that your feelings towards this topic are strong, there is no reason to make statements that could offend others. Even though you may think that sex identification and gender aren’t all that important, it is important to others that problems concerning them should be addressed. On the topic of how many genders there really are, in my opinion, as long as the person identifies with something they feel most comfortable with, then there really is no limit to the numerical amount. With all this said, I thank you for the time I hope you take to read this and I hope it changes your mind on this issue.

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    • Emmalee from North Dakota

      The Constitution has had 27 amendments, or changes, since its creation, the most recent having been added in 1992.

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    • Delaney from Washington

      I hate to break it to you, but the Constitution has been edited over 17 times since the beginning of our nation. The original bill of rights only had 10 Amendments, and we now have 27. Plus the editing of the constitution that removed the 3/5ths rule, etc. The Constitution is a living, breathing document that has been edited many times and will continue to be edited. As Thomas Jefferson said, “The Constitution belongs to the living, not the dead.”

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    • dillon from New York

      i agree with your statements preachh

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  • Brent from Kentucky

    Many believe that the ERA will, by law, end complete discrimination based on the factor of sex. In fact the ERA will be taking more of women’s rights away,rather than giving women their rights. This amendment would require all women to apply for the Selective Service Act, therefore making all men and women eligible to be drafted into military combat. The ERA would also rid of the presumptions that the husband would support the wife and take away Social Security benefits from wives and widows, because the ERA would end discrimination of sex. The ERA would also allow the Federal courts and government to reinterpret laws that are based on gender. These laws would be addressing marriage, divorce, and alimony.

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  • Zoe from Kentucky

    The ERA should not be passed because it could actually hinder women’s rights instead of helping. It could take away certain privileges that women rely on. For example, this amendment could eradicate separations of restrooms and dorm which could threaten the safety of women and children by putting them at risk for things such as sexual assault. Additionally, it could take away some of our states’ rights such as deciding the legalization of abortion.

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  • Tara from Kentucky

    There are many women who would vote for this to be ratified and put into law because it makes note of the fact that women have rights that they have already been given in the 14th amendment, the 19th amendment, and in the Roe vs. Wade Court case that gave women the right to have control over their bodies. Women, when they get an abortion are killing a child that could potentially impact the way the world thinks and works.

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  • Natalie from Kentucky

    I am all for women’s rights and believe that women deserve equal rights as men. However, when a woman’s right begins to infringe upon the right of an unborn baby, I start to question it a little more. I understand that the baby is a large influence on the woman’s life, but the woman is also partially responsible for its creation, and needs to take responsibility of it. Because of the Pro-Life issue, I would not support the Equal Rights Amendment unless the Pro-Life issue is addressed first. Also, women are guaranteed equality in the 14th Amendment, so the Equal Rights Amendment isn’t necessarily going to change much, but I understand why others believe it should be passed to officially declare equality for all.

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    • Kathy from New Hampshire

      Hello, Natalie. While I also believe that women deserve equal rights as men, it is not a perfect world. Unfortunately, the 14th Amendment, while it does ensure rights of citizenship, does not in fact ensure equality to women, only equal protection of the law.

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    • Delaney from Washington

      The Equal Rights Amendment actually has nothing to do with abortion, it just adds a provision that says that there can be no discrimination on the basis of sex. While I acknowledge your point about there already being statements about equal protection in the 14th Amendment, the supreme court did not use the 14th Amendment when deciding on Roe v Wade or other abortion cases. In fact, Roe v Wade is based off of the 9th and 4th Amendment implied privacy rights. The ERA is simply another opportunity that would state the US’s support of equal rights based on gender, and would do little to effect the legal stance of abortion.

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    • Caleb from Florida

      I agree a baby’s rights are just as important as those of the parents.

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  • william david from Kentucky

    I believe that woman should have equal rights to men because I believe that all people should be equal. The problem with the ERA is the fact that it refuses to take the rights of the fetus into account when abortion procedure is legislated. False equality like this should never be put in to our constitution.

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  • kamden from New York

    The Equal Right Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex; it seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters. Although the yes side has good points, I believe the no side has a stronger argument. For example Section II of the ERA states that “The Congress shall have the power to enforce by appropriate legislation the provisions of this article.” This would give enormous new powers to the Federal Government that now belong to the states in areas of law which include traditional differences of treatment “on account of sex”: marriage, property laws, divorce and alimony, child custody, adoptions, abortion, sex crimes, private and public schools, prison regulations, and insurance.

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  • Micah from Pennsylvania

    The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is claimed necessary because gender discrimination still exists, and lawmakers are biased towards men. Proponents of the ERA claim that with its passing, gender discrimination in the court of law will be done for all.
    I do not feel like the ERA needs to be a part of the Constitution. I think that the rights of women are sufficiently protected by many things, such as Title IX, the 19th Amendment, and the Equal Pay Act. I do not see the need for the ERA, because it seems like the few negative effects of it will outweigh the uncertain benefits. For example, with the passing of the ERA, women would have to be enlisted in the draft – who would want that? Title IX, an already existing law, already states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of [gender].” Furthermore, the 19th Amendment gives the women right to vote, while the Equal Pay Act provides equal pay for women when compared to men of similar jobs.
    Lastly, the ERA has been in a “limbo” since 1975, so Congress has the power to claim the ERA as no longer valid since it has been so long since its introduction.
    The ERA is a vague amendment which does not provide any substantial improvement for the issue of gender discrimination in America, so for those reasons I do not think the ERA should be added to the Constitution.

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  • Mason from New York

    BURN IT ALL DOWN!!!
    Now that I have your attention, I don’t believe that the E.R.A. should be added to the Constitution.
    Before you call me an alt-right Nazi, think of one right that is afforded to a man, that isn’t afforded to women. Just one… Got it? Good. Did your brain construct the thought of how men are drafted in times of war and women aren’t? Or the wage-gap? Realize that this choice isn’t as simple as you may believe. This debate which is being attempted to be painted as “black-and-white” isn’t. While I do support equal rights, forcing women to fight in wars, I don’t, and while the E.R.A. has that security guarantee if you as a woman are discriminated. I don’t think that adding the E.R.A. is the right course of action.

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  • Bill from Pennsylvania

    Since the 60’s everyone has had equal rights. While racism is still a thing it is already illegal to deny someone based off of gender and ethnicity. Therefore an amendment would be unnecessary for combating such.

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  • Dominick from Pennsylvania

    If this amendment is passed, woman will lose many rights that are reserved for them. For example, if this is passed, woman will lose the right to alimony and to abstain from the draft. In addition, women lose the right to seek gender discrimination protection from their state and instead must rely on the distant federal government. One of the reasons some states did not pass the bill is from the fact that they will cede their powers to the ever widening federal government. Combined with the fact that the federal government is extremely fallible, why is this a better idea than allowing the states to judge gender discrimination? Further, passing this amendment essentially says that before this amendment was passed, men and women were never equal. This is a completely absurd notion that has profound consequences if made true. This would mean that any rights given to women before then were due to the generosity of men, not because the rights actually existed in the first place. If this is the case, then did not Americans have any rights between the Bill of Rights and the ratification of the Constitution? Therefore, it is easy to see that passing this amendment is absurd concept and actually is harmful for women’s status across America. That is why passing this amendment is not in fact supporting equal rights, but harming them.

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  • Gabrielle from Kentucky

    As a young woman, I strongly appose the ERA. The rights supporters of the ERA say that it would provide women are already rights that they have. Not only this, but the ERA would actually harm women. It would undermine the fact that women and men are biologically different. Perhaps the biggest problem with the ERA is that it includes abortion as a woman’s right and would further protect abortion under law. Abortion is not empowering for women, it harms them. Life begins at conception, this is a fact that 98% of scientists agree on. In addition, most women don’t find out they’re pregnant until about five or six weeks in, by which point the baby already has a heartbeat. By twelve weeks, the baby is fully formed. It looks like a baby, and all of it’s organs are there and growing and developing. The baby can feel pain. Abortion quite literally rips apart this baby, that can feel everything being done to them. Half of these babies are girls, which means that half of these babies are unborn women that are being violated in the place they are supposed to be safest, their mother’s womb. Abortion also harms the mother. Most women who have abortions are not informed of the horrible truth of what is happening to their baby and are not aware of the full extent of the procedure or the incredible risks that it presents. It is very easy for something to go wrong, and just a few of the risks include infection, bleeding, and puncture of the uterus. These can lead to infertility, or even death. Most women who get an abortion get one because they are forced to believe it’s their only option, whereas it isn’t. They are also almost never given the full picture of what it is they’re doing. In the end, this hurts women. The rest of the ERA is filled with things like this that people think will help women, but will actually hurt them.

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  • Caleb from Florida

    There are several reasons the Equal Rights Amendment should not be added to the Constitution. First of all, the deadline for ratification has already passed. This means that states should not be trying to ratify because time is up. Another reason it is not good to add is that the protections for women are already there. Women are citizens of the United States so every amendment that protects the right of a citizen applies to them. Saying that we need the Equal Rights Amendment is similar to saying that women have no rights under the Constitution. Women already have equal rights. The men and women of America should work together to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected through their actions.

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    • Odonell from Florida

      I do believe that you’re right that we have equal rights since its been stated in many amendments throughout the constitution. Adding another amendment that just repeats what has already been said and done is useless.

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    • Sofia from New York

      The Equal Rights Amendment is unnecessary and therefore should not be added to the Constitution. Women already experience equal rights to that of men and it is not necessary to reiterate this. The 14th amendment already assures equal rights to everyone, even women. Everyone’s rights are already acknowledged in this amendment, making it a waste of time to bring them up again. The time of those who would have to read over the law and the time in which it is set in place would be a waste of valuable time. Time in which could be spent on other issues that would mean something and have a greater impact on life. In conclusion, there is no need for the ERA as it is unnecessary and would be a waste of valuable time to set in place.

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    • Ashley from Virginia

      I believe that the passage of the ERA is unnecessary. As many have already stated, the fourteenth amendment guarentees equal rights to all American citizens, including women. Placing stricter definitions on what the government enforces not only takes away power from our judicial branch when ruling on specific cases, but it also takes power away from the people and places even more in the hands of our legislative and executive departments. I think that to work towards gender equality, we simply need to educate society. I asked several of my friends today to give me examples of enterprising women, and the only three names I was giving were Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Michelle Obama. People need to be able to recognize strong, successful women just as frequently as they can name successful men. People need to understand that there is still a wage gap and an unbalance in the gender distribution in STEM and upper management jobs. They need to understand that even though we have improved greatly as a nation, we still have not fully achieved a balance of opportunity. We need to recognize the abilities of women to the same degree that we recognize those of men, but I feel that the solution should be greater education, and not stricter laws.

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