The Equal Rights Amendment passed in Illinois finally! Thanks to a lot of hard work, a lot of phone calls, marches and postcards and more phone calls.
It's been 36 years since the process began to pass this very simple and basic amendment. This would put women on the same playing field as men. You'd think it would be easy. 36 YEARS!! Sen. Lou Lang has been pushing to get this through and it was not easy. (Shhh...don't tell anyone, but Mike Madigan helped too.)
Illinois is the 37th state to ratify it. We need one more state. Bills have been introduced in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Utah and Virginia. (Is anyone interested in visiting one of those states for a march?)
This passage is another indicator of the fact that people are paying attention and stepping up and it's making a difference. Now I can honestly say that not one of the House reps from McHenry County voted for it. NOT ONE. Not even the woman. We need to do something about that.
Below is a copy of the ERA. This very clear and simple amendment can make a huge difference for all sexes. Over 50% of the population consists of women. What exactly is the problem? All other industrialized nations have an equal right law in place. All except the US. Sad.
The Equal Rights Amendment
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.