These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Alamy Image caption Women supporting the ERA carry a banner down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC on 26 August The state of Illinois voted on Wednesday to add an amendment to the US constitution that would guarantee equal rights to women. The vote comes nearly a century after the Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in Congress. Following the vote, only one more state is needed before the 28th amendment could become a part of America's founding charter.
These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Alamy Image caption Women supporting the ERA carry a banner down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC on 26 August The state of Illinois voted on Wednesday to add an amendment to the US constitution that would guarantee equal rights to women.
The vote comes nearly a century after the Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in Congress. The provision would not change any laws, but seeks to formally give women the same citizenship status as men. What is the Equal Rights Amendment? InCongress passed the amendment and sent it to the states for approval.
Thirty-eight states must ratify an amendment before it is added to the Constitution. According to Gallup Polls fromthe majority of Americans - men and women - were in favour of the amendment.
Senators who opposed the ERA persuaded Congress to set a seven-year deadline for states to pass the amendment. Congress even extended that deadline an additional three years in By35 states had ratified the ERA - and then the movement stalled until last year.
Many historians attribute the failure to one conservative woman: Her campaigning became one of the first grassroots conservative movements in the US.
It was also the only non-Southern, non-Mormon state not to ratify in the first round. Only 13 states have not ratified the ERA as of June That means the US is now one state ratification away from possibly adding equal rights for women to the constitution.
However, the deadline from Congress has long since passed. So could the ERA make it on to the constitution? Susan Bloch, professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University, said it will all come down to timing.
If it was, then these are clearly too late," she told the BBC. Those opposing the ERA maintain that the deadline has passed, so the entire ratification process will need to start over for the amendment to be legitimately added.
They also say that since the constitution does not mandate time limits for amendments, the ERA is still valid. The fact that this amendment has been hanging around so long, and some of the ratifications are new and some are old and some are rescinded or modified weakens the argument that this is a contemporaneous expression of what the people want the constitution to say.
The legality of the recessions has yet to be debated in court. To Prof Spruill, the answer is a resounding yes.May 31, · The Illinois House voted Wednesday night to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment more than 45 years after it was approved by Congress, putting it one state away from possible enshrinement in the U.S.
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Follow. Facebook. Twitter. March The Equal Rights Amendment is approved by the full Senate without changes — Senator Sam Ervin and Representative Emanuel Celler succeed in setting an arbitrary time limit of seven years for ratification.
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