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  • The Equal Rights Amendment would provide blanket protection to women for all time. The ERA would give teeth to laws like Lily Ledbetter and the pay equity act by finally writing into the Constitution that discrimination on the basis of sex is now subject to strict judicial standards.

  • We need the ERA because the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause has never been interpreted to guarantee equal rights in the same way the Equal Rights Amendment would. The 14th Amendment has been applied to sex discrimination only since 1971. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in September 2010 that he does not think the Constitution prohibits sex discrimination.

  • We need the ERA because we do not have it yet. Even in the 21st century, the U.S. Constitution still does not explicitly guarantee that all of the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex. The only right that the Constitution specifically affirms to be equal for women and men is the right to vote (19th Amendment, 1920).

  • There are currently 35 states that have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment and legal analysis suggests we may need just three more states for women to have equal rights under our Constitution. The Congressional Research Study prepared in 2012 states "the Constitution imposes no time limit for ratification of amendments; the Madison Amendment was passed 203 years after it was first proposed. The ERA ratification deadline was extended demonstrating that Congress can choose any timeframe for deciding amendments.

  • The ERA provides a clearer and stricter judicial standard for deciding cases of sex discrimination. Sex discrimination should get the highest level of strict judicial scrutiny, just as race discrimination does, but it currently receives only a heightened level of intermediate scrutiny.

  • As it stands in the 21st century, women do not have constitutional protection as it pertains to sexual and gender discrimination, fair and equal pay and the guarantee of a fair and balanced trial when a woman is raped, including women who serve our nation in the military.

  • We need the Equal Rights Amendment to provide Constitutional pay equity. Even in the 21st century corporations continue to pay women less than their male counterparts even at the highest corporate levels (the new female CEO of General Motors was offered half the salary of her male predecessors). Surely we can do better as a country.

  • In 1972 when the Equal Rights Amendment was first passed, women earned .76 cents to a man's dollar. Today 40% of wage disparity is due directly to gender discrimination with black women earning .65 and Hispanic women earning only .55. Single women and their children live in poverty. According to the National Poverty Cener "Poverty rates are highest for families headed by single women, particularly if they are black or Hispanic."

  • We need the ERA because until we have it, women will have to continue to fight long, expensive, and difficult political and legal battles to ensure that their rights are constitutionally equal to the rights automatically held by males – and men in some cases will have to fight for their equal rights with similarly situated females.