Congresswoman Barbara Lee Votes for Gender Equality, Removing the ERA Deadline

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee voted yes on H.J.Res. 79, a resolution to remove an arbitrary deadline previously set by Congress for the States to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Equal Rights Amendment simply states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex,” enshrining the principle of women’s equality and an explicit prohibition against gender discrimination in the Constitution.

“One hundred years after women fought for and won the right to vote, the Equal Rights Amendment still has not been enshrined in our Constitution. As a result, millions of women around the country face inequality under the law and injustice in their careers and lives. From a devastating wage gap, to pregnancy discrimination, to sexual harassment in the workplace, women face barriers in every facet of their lives – especially women of color. This all leads to women being under-represented at the decision-making table at a time when their voices are needed more than ever.  

“Contrary to what many Americans believe, the U.S. Constitution does not explicitly guarantee equality between men and women. But the ERA would guarantee equal rights to all, regardless of gender, finally affirming women’s equality in our Constitution. The ERA will advance equality for women, progress for families and a stronger America – and we need it now!”