Believe it or not, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) hasn’t passed yet! Originally authored in 1923 by Alice Paul, it is only three short sentences.
The complete text of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
Want to learn more about the ERA, and how you can be an ERA Advocate? Check out the Equal Rights Amendment site, a project of the Alice Paul Institute. For the definitive documentary film on the status of women in America, check out Equal Means Equal, an unflinching look at how women are treated in the U.S. today.