People raise awareness for the Equal Rights Amendment

A few people stood at the Key Bridge hoping to raise awareness for the ERA bill

Nine people stood at the Key Bridge (on the Georgetown side) raising awareness about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which will give equal rights to women and men under the law.

The ERA was first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul.  In 1972, it was passed by both houses in Congress and went to the state legislature for ratification. Thirty-five states ratified it, but three more were needed. The ERA never received the three votes needed for ratification by the deadline, so it was never ratified.

Since then, many states have adopted ERAs of their own. However, people are still fighting for the ERA to pass nationally. The bill has been reintroduced, and hopefully it will pass.

Read this for more information about the ERA and United 4 Equality, who is dedicated to getting the ERA passed.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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2 Responses to People raise awareness for the Equal Rights Amendment

  1. Haley, thank you so much for writing about our rally! Actually there were 9 people that came over the course of the three hours we stood there. I can send you some photos if you like.

    HJ Res. 47 calls for removing the time limit on ERA’s ratification, so the last three states can ratify without facing a string of legal challenges. This is the alternative put forth by U4E as opposed to starting all over again which would not come close in these terrible times for women.

    In Sisterhood!

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