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                    BPW: The voice of working Women

EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

Top Ten Reasons We Need Constitutional Equality for Women

  1. To provide—once and for all—what most people in the U.S. already think we have: equal rights for women and men under the law
  2. To end the hypocrisy of advocating full constitutional rights for women abroad without providing them in the Constitution of the United States.
  3. To correct the historic subjugation of women in common law, in the original U.S. Constitution, and in the Supreme Court’s rulings that interpret the equal protection clause as not fully applicable to sex discrimination.
  4. To ensure that the rights of American women and girls will not be diminished by any Congress or any political trend, but be preserved as the given basic rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
  5. To put the weight of the U.S. Constitution behind employment laws relating to the prevention of sex discrimination in hiring, firing, promotions, and benefits—especially in the area of public service.
  6. To guarantee in the United States and in all 50 states, full and equal rights for women and girls in public education.
  7. To ensure that government programs, such as social security, Medicare, and Medicaid, do not disadvantage women.
  8. To remove barriers to women in the armed services. Women who are risking their lives and well-being should also not be closed out of promotions and jobs simply because of their sex.
  9. To guarantee equality in government-funded health research for women as compared to men.
  10. To guarantee equal footing for women in the legal systems of all 50 states, especially where women have historically been treated as second-class citizens, such as in family law, insurance, education, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
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