In an historic moment for Delaware women and the state, HB1 (the Equal Rights Amendment) is now part of Delaware’s Constitution following the Senate vote on January 16, 2019 of 16 yeas to 5 nays.
Delaware, the second state to ratify the unsuccessful federal ERA in 1972, is the last of the ratifying states to pass its own equal protection clause or ERA. Thank you Delaware ERANow members and leaders, and the many other women and men that joined with us across the state to get this done. House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Senator Stephanie Hansen are to be commended for seeing the legislative struggle for Delaware’s ERA through to its successful conclusion.
Now it is time for careful monitoring of the Amendment’s enactment to ensure that the promise it represents is fulfilled. Delaware ERANow will continue as an active participant in that process. Through our Ready to Run® Delaware program, we will continue also to work to achieve fully-lived equality for women by preparing them to have more seats at the tables where decisions affecting their and their families well-being are made.
This is an important moment in #Delaware history.
Thank you to members of the DE House & Senate for their final passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Delaware Constitution. And thank you to the many advocates who have been fighting for equal rights for generations. #ERADE pic.twitter.com/obYFplEUVU
— Governor John Carney (@JohnCarneyDE) January 16, 2019