Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

Jun 4, 2002
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Today, on the 82nd Anniversary of Congress sending the 19th Amendment to states for ratification, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, the author of the woman's equality amendment (ERA), released a state-by-state report of Members of Congress that have yet to co-sponsor the Constitutional Amendment -- despite the fact that the states they represent ratified the ERA in the past, or their home-state constitutions include language almost identical to the federal amendment awaiting approval. The report can be viewed at:

"Eighty-two years ago, Congress approved the Women's Suffrage Amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. Eight decades later, women still do not enjoy full constitutional equality in America," said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, (D-NY), the author of H.J. Res 40, the "Women's Equality Amendment."

"The good news today is that support in Congress for the Women's Equality Amendment is higher than at any time in 20 years. We have 208 co-sponsors. The bad news on this important anniversary is that almost half of the U.S. House of Representatives have yet to sign on for basic, fundamental equality in our Constitution, even though they represent a state that strongly support women's equality,"

"I think many in Congress mistakenly assume that women already have full equality with men, or that their home state does not support a Constitutional amendment. This report shows that twenty-one states that are home to 126 Congressional representatives that have not co-sponsored H.J. Res 40, when even their own state constitutions have language nearly identical to the language of the proposed federal amendment," Maloney added.

Thirty-five states, three short of the two-thirds majority required, ratified the 1972 version of the Equal Rights Amendment which was sent to the states by Congress on March 22, 1972. A total of 139 Members representing 28 of these ERA ratified states have yet to cosponsor H.J. Res 40.

"America favors the Women's Equality Amendment. An overwhelming majority of Members of Congress represent states which favor constitutional equality for women. Today, as we celebrate the anniversary of voting equality for women, we can do more to secure for women the full equality enjoyed by men since the founding of our form of government. It is time to pass the Women's Equality Amendment."

Pass The Equality Amendment

"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."