Rep. Maloney Cheers House Passage of Resolution to Remove ERA Deadline
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), House sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), today celebrated the passage of H.J.Res. 79, a resolution removing the arbitrary deadline imposed on the ERA.
“I first introduced the Equal Rights Amendment over 20 years ago – and it’s as relevant and needed today as it was then and when it was first proposed by Alice Paul in 1923. We know that equality for women will always elude us when it isn’t etched into the Constitution. We’ve seen it when the Supreme Court gutted the Violence Against Women Act, we’ve seen it when judges don’t enforce equal pay for equal work, or when a federal judge ruled that Congress didn’t have the authority to outlaw female genital mutilation.
“But if our rights are in the Constitution, they can’t be erased or rolled back by the changing political whims of legislators, judges, or occupants of the White House.
“Women are long past due equal treatment under the law, and we will persist until it is firmly guaranteed in the Constitution. There is no deadline on equality.
“It is thanks to the tireless advocates across this country, who have refused to give up, that we’ve taken this tremendous step toward making that happen.
“I was proud today to vote with my colleagues to adopt H.J.Res 79.
“Women’s equality will be spelled out in the Constitution. And we will spell it E-R-A.”