Equal Rights Amendment



January 21, 2021 - Bipartisan bills introduced in House and Senate to remove deadline from ERA.

January 27, 2020 - Virginia ratified the ERA and became the needed 38th state.    


"Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

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Democrats Abroad Support for ERA

One of Democrats Abroad's key issues is to secure the rights of women through the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

DA unanimously passed a resolution in May 2018 to support ERA.   There is now an ERA Task Force in place to work in conjunction with other organizations on the ratification.  The task force has designed several campaigns for ways our members can help.

DA work in 2019 to help elect pro-ERA delegates in Virginia paid off.  In the November 2019 election, the Virginia Senate and House turned blue with the Democrats promising to make ERA one of their top priorities.

ERA History

The Equal Rights Amendment was first submitted in 1923.   In 1972, it almost unanimously passed the House and Senate and was then submitted to the states for ratification.   As of January 2020, 38 of the needed 38 states have ratified it.   Click here for more details.

ERA Resources

Most Americans assume that women have equal rights under the U.S. Constitution.   Unfortunately, that is not true.   We've pulled together some resources to help you learn about this important issue.   We encourage you to share and discuss with your friends.   

One of the first things you can do is to can watch this free 30-minute video Legalize Equality.   Just click here for the link and password.  This will give you an excellent overview of the status of ERA but also why it is so important to ratify it.

For more information, review our list of ERA resources click here.

Unratified States

We npw have the needed 38 states that have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment for it to become part of the U.S. Constitution.  Click here for detail status by state.   It would be good for the other 12 unratified states to still ratify it to show their support for women.



How you can help

  1. Contact your US Senators to support ERA.  
  2. If you vote in one of the states that have not ratified it, contact your state legislature members to support ERA.

Democrats Abroad has launched several ERA Campaigns at the state and national level.  These are designed so that an American living abroad can participate.  We also encourage you to share this information with your friends back home - especially if they live in one of the unratified states.

Click here to see our active campaigns with details on how you can help

Questions or Want to Help

If you have questions about ERA or would like to help, please contact us at

Shari Temple

DA's ERA Project Coordinator