Jeff Fuentes Gleghorn is a graduate of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community.

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Will the U.S. Finally Approve the ERA?

God loves and creates us all equally. Equal treatment under the law flows from these truths.
An illustration of a woman pushing a giant boulder up a hill.

Illustration by Michael George Haddad

THE UNITED STATES is one of only 28 countries without a provision in its Constitution that provides equality under the law regardless of sex.

The Equal Rights Amendment was proposed in this country nearly a century ago. Congress passed the amendment in 1972 with bipartisan support in both houses and then set a time limit for ratification by the states. In January 2020, when Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA, the amendment met the requirements to be added to the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately, the deadline for ratification passed more than three decades ago.

The amendment’s language is simple: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The ERA would add what the Founding Fathers intentionally left out: constitutional rights and protections for everyone regardless of “sex.” Isn’t it time?