You Can Help! Equal Rights Amendment Action Needed



Please join the AAUW-WA state Public Policy team this week (September 5–9) to take action to ensure the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is recognized as the 28th Amendment to the US Constitution.


Background: The Equal Rights Amendment has fulfilled all the requirements set forth in Article V but has yet to be published in the Constitution. Part of that work includes asking President Biden to instruct the U.S. Archivist to publish the ERA. AAUW is also working with ERA champions in Congress to remove the time limit that has been used as an excuse to not publish the Amendment to the Constitution (HJ Res 17/SJ Res 1).


The House has already voted to remove the time limit twice, but the Senate has yet to do so, despite SJ Res 1 having bipartisan support with 52 co-sponsors in the Senate (and the support of a vast majority of Americans). Our goal next week is to get Senate Majority Leader Schumer to schedule a vote on this critical issue before the midterm elections.


Join us by taking action alongside the ERA Coalition and our partners this week. AAUW-WA is participating in an "ERA Twitter-storm" this week to draw more attention to the ERA. With majority support for the ERA in both the House and Senate, the time to advocate is NOW.


It's as easy as one, two, three:


One: Ask President Biden to direct the Archivist to publish the ERA. It's easy with this pre-drafted letter. Click on Biden letter here to send your letter to President Biden.


Two: Ask Senate Majority Leader Schumer to schedule a vote on the ERA. We did! It's easy to add your name. Click on Public Letter here.

Three: Send an email to your Senators and Representatives. Click on ERA Coalition letter. You can add your own message and your own ERA story.

Want to do more? Tell us "Your ERA Story". We will put together an AAUW-WA member ERA Storyboard for our website (your privacy will be protected). Email publicpolicy@aauw-wa.org with your ERA Story. Check out our new ERA webpage under Public Policy (coming soon).


Sincerely,


Mary Williams, Sandra Distelhorst, Karen Anderson, Katherine Cleland and Judy Waring

AAUW-WA Public Policy State Team

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