A public town hall session was held online to bring interested folks up to date with the ERA, also known as the Equal Rights Amendment. The year 2023 marks the centennial of US women attempting to get the constitutional guarantee into the US Constitution. The town hall participants ranged from seasoned activists to one young woman, a basketball player, who admitted she hadn’t heard of this long-time struggle until recently.
WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME OF THE SESSION?
Participants reinforced their determination not to give up. This was in response to the stalemate the amendment has run into. The US House of Representatives approved that the deadline should be lifted on the amendment. The US Senate is expected to pose opposition, thus posing obstacles for a renewed set of activists who have been behind assuring that the amendment reach the total number of states endorsing the constitutional guarantee.
PARTISAN POLITICS AN OBSTACLE IN THE ERA PASSAGE PROCESS
Many of the several hundred individuals behind the scenes of the town hall left their computers with the impression that ERA passage wouldn’t be anytime soon. Expect lengthy and expensive litigation from now to 2023 when US women will have been working to ensure equal rights in their national constitution for 100 years.
The year of the centennial of women voting in the US, 2020, has been interrupted by closings due to the pandemic. To date, neither of the two major US political parties have elected a woman to the US presidency. One party may include a woman in 2020 as a vice presidential candidate, although this isn’t new or cutting edge.
WOMEN’S CENTENNIALS COME AND GO WITHOUT ANY ACTION
It appears that the United States remains as one of a few major powers that still hasn’t guaranteed equal rights for its women in its constitution. And it still remains uncertain if 2023 will come and go and reinforce the impression that the United States can’t guarantee its women equal rights in its constitution.