Whatever happened to the ERA?


The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) will be the topic of the League of Women Voters Food for Thought lunch on Wednesday, March 6. The proposed amendment guarantees equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. The ERA was approved by the U.S. Congress in 1972 and was sent to the state legislatures for ratification.  38 states are required to ratify the amendment. Currently 37 states have done so. It was hoped that Virginia would be the 38th, but on Thursday, February 21st Virginia’s House of Delegates blocked ratification.

Why has the ERA not been ratified in 47 years? What is impeding its passage? Speakers Irene Strohbeen and Lisa Gerke have studied the issues and have traveled to Washington DC to learn more.  They will review the history of the ERA, discuss what concerns are preventing passage in 13 states and where the amendment stands now.

The public is welcome to join us on Wednesday, March 6 at the Primo Restaurant, 2605 Jackson St. in Oshkosh. Please arrive by 11:50 if you plan to order lunch. The program begins shortly after noon. No advance registration is necessary. 

Contact Ann Marshall at 920-231-8002 for more information about the luncheon or to learn more about the LWV of Winnebago County. 


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