I’ve written before about the injustice that the ERA never was ratified. The crazy history of it getting so close, looking inevitable and then the rise of the wacko right, like Godzilla out of the sea, to wreak havoc on the rationality of our republic. Well, Phyllis Schafly is dead.
The 28th amendment would guarantee that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Congress approved the amendment in 1972 and set a seven-year deadline for ratification.
Besides the obvious hole in our Constitution that this simple amendment would close, I’ve also long held that the ERA would be a good start on getting the American public back in a mindset of making such important changes. It would grease the skids for a Citizen’s United amendment (Money is not speech and corporations are not people”) to get this process going with something as stupidly necessary as the ERA.
I wrote in 2013 that even Mississippi would vote to ratify this today. Well, now I’m not so sure, because the stupid it never ends… but it was always crazy that the fear of women in the military and unisex bathrooms put the kibosh on equal rights for women. Almost everything the anti-ERA forces cited alarmingly for not ratifying it has come to be anyway without the sky falling.