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:


WREN will monitor the progress of this bill and alert members when there are more opportunities to take action.


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