Economic Opportunity, Policy Updates
All About the ERA
by Ashley Lidow on Jan 4, 2019
As the 2019 Legislative Session approaches, we are watching closely to see what bills are introduced in the South Carolina legislature. A bill to ratify the ERA was prefiled (introduced prior to the official start of session) by Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter.
So what is the ERA?
ERA stands for Equal Rights Amendment and it would affirm that the United States Constitution does not allow discrimination based on sex.
What is WREN’s position?
WREN supports the ERA and all policies that ensure that women are protected from discrimination. The women of South Carolina and the United States should be represented in the United States Constitution and guaranteed the right from discrimination based on sex.
To learn more about what the ERA would do we recommend reading the following:
Post and Courier Op-Ed by Barbara Fry of the Equal Means ERA Coalition and the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area
The New York Times article published after Illinois passed their ERA ratification
Ways to take action:
- Click here to thank Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter for her leadership on the ERA.
- Write your lawmakers to ask that they support the effort to ratify the ERA.
WREN will monitor the progress of this bill and alert members when there are more opportunities to take action.