Delaware ERANow is committed to reversing the history of personal social and economic discrimination women continue to experience
- Securing Delaware’s state and federal officials’ active support
and pursuit of passage and ratification of the ERA.
- Educating Delawareans about the importance of the ERA and
the positive impacts it will have on women’s and men’s quality
- Building broad-based and lasting support and advocacy in
Delaware for passage and ratification of the ERA.
- Ensuring that more women are involved in the political process.
Partnership with Delaware Law School Family Health Law and Policy Institute
The Family Health Law and Policy Institute at the Delaware Law School has partnered with Delaware ERANow. The Institute contributes intellectual leadership and public service to Delaware ERANow efforts by serving as a resource on matters of law and policy and assisting in the group’s public education and advocacy work. In addition, the school’s student-run Women’s Law Caucus serves as a liaison organization. The caucus provides enthusiastic ground-level support, including engagement in public dialogue on the status and legal treatment of women.
Liaison organizations with Delaware
Delaware ERANow is a lead organization of the national ERA Coalition
American Association of University Women of Delaware
American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware
Delaware Business Roundtable
Delaware Commission for Women
Delaware Federation of Republican Women
Delaware Law School Women’s Law Caucus
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
Fund for Women at the Delaware Community Foundation
Mary Ann’s List
National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Delaware Chapter
Sussex County Democratic Women’s Club
Women and the Law Section, Delaware State Bar Association
History of the ERA
First introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) would prohibit discrimination against women on the basis of sex. Ninety-two years later, our Constitution still does not guarantee equal rights for women. As Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated, “Certainly, the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”
The ERA has been introduced in every congressional session since 1923, but languished in committee until 1972 when both houses of Congress finally passed it by the required 2/3 majority. The amendment was given 10 years for ratification by 3/4 of the states (38). By the deadline in 1982, the number required was short by three states. Delaware was one of the 35 states that ratified the Amendment.
Once again, two joint resolutions for passage of the ERA have been introduced in both Congressional houses and await attention in their respective Judiciary Committees.
“Every constitution written since the end of World War II includes a provision that men and women are citizens of equal stature. Ours does not. I have three granddaughters. I’d like them to be able to take out their Constitution and say, ‘Here is a basic premise of our system, that men and women are persons of equal stature.’ But it’s not in there.”
— Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
For more information – ERA: Why we need it!
More about the Women’s Fund for Equality and Empowerment
Providing state and federal recognition of women’s equality and constitutional protection of their rights is crucial for women and their families. Equally crucial is ensuring that more women have a seat at the table when decisions affecting them and their families are made. In legislatures across the country, including the U.S. Congress, the ratio of men to women legislators is 80/20. To reduce this glaring imbalance, more women must be more involved in the political parties and campaigns, seek appointment to boards and commissions, and run for local, state, and federal elective office. To that end, Delaware ERANow is initiating its “Ready to Run® Delaware” program.
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