Tony Bentley · January 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm
The only new amendment we need as a country is one limiting the powers of the POTUS and term limits for Congress.
RGLJA · January 7, 2019 at 10:02 am
The author of this article should have explained why the ERA was never ratified. Do you really believe some states just don't want equal rights for women? That's ridiculous. Of course we all do. In every state across the entire nation, women can already do practically anything and everything they want to do, with tremendous support legally, politically, and socially. In addition, women already have numerous affirmative explicit support protections in law. There has never been a better time to be a woman in the USA.
The reason the ERA was never ratified is that there isn't a clear case for it, and there is real risk in doing so. Even feminists were never fully united in support for the ERA, fearing that many legal protections and affirmative support for women would necessarily be overturned if the ERA was ratified. Eventually, many states rescinded their early ratification, after the implications of the ERA were understood.
In any case, the deadline has passed, and ratification by 3/4 all the states is necessary before it can become an Amendment to the Constitution. But the problems remain. It will be women who are most skeptical of support for the ERA when they understand what they must give up, and how little they can possibly gain with an ERA.