John Oliver offered an informative and entertaining segment on Last Week Tonight about the history and current status of the Equal Rights 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.” - Section 1, Equal Rights Amendment
94% of Americans support constitutional equality for women and men, 80% mistakenly think it already exists.
Since 2017, two states--Nevada and Illinois--ratified the ERA. Only one more state is needed for to enshrine gender quality in the U.S. Constitution.
Nevada State Sen. Pat Spearman, who pushed for ERA testified, "People who were born in privilege always debate always debate whether or not those of us who were not deserve equality. And so what we're talking about here, is the fact that equality is not debatable. We are born with it. The only thing we are asking in the ERA is to acknowledge the fact that women are born equal to men."
Oliver explained the ERA would offer greater protection to women because it can't rolled back by an act of Congress or “a president who thinks of [women’s] genitals as handles.'
“A constitutional amendment like the ERA is more stable because constitutional amendments are safe from Donald Trump, unlike Melania’s hopes and dreams and any American flag he gets close to."
Read more about the ERA HERE.