For Immediate Release
March 27, 2014
DC – Bill Silverfarb (202) 225-3531 / (202) 957-4340 cell
CA – Katrina Rill (650) 342-0300 / (650) 208-7441 cell
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) issued the following statement today after offering a joint resolution to remove the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA was introduced into every Congress between 1923 and 1972, when it was passed and sent to the states for ratification. Congresswoman Speier’s joint resolution has 109 original co-sponsors.
“It’s almost unbelievable that in the 21st century women do not have the same equal protections under the Constitution that men do. The Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in Congress back in 1923, and unreasonably stipulated that states had only 10 years to ratify it. This arbitrary deadline is counterproductive, and an antiquated impediment to equality.
“Only three more state Legislatures need to join the 35 others that have already approved the ERA and I’m confident that will happen in the coming years but a deadline is simply not necessary – it will be a setback to equality.”
The joint resolution is supported by: 9 to 5, Alice Paul Institute, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Business and Professional, Women's Foundation (BPW), Center for Advancement of Public Policy (CAPP), Center for Women's Policy Studies, ERA Now, Federally Employed Women, Feminist Majority Hadassah, The Gray Panthers, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc., National Association of Social Workers, National Congress of Black Women, National Council of Jewish Women, National Council of Women's Organization- ERA Task Force, National Organization for Women (NOW), National Women's Law Center, National Women's Political Caucus, NWPC-Florida, NWPC-Missouri, Progressive Democrats of America, Secular Woman, Washington Office, United Methodist Women, UniteWomen.org, We Are Woman, Women Rise Up Now , and YWCA.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to represent California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Congresswoman Speier was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress.