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The push for an Equal Rights Amendment in Minnesota Nina Moini, MPR, St. Paul, March 6, 2020
Advocates for a proposed Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, to the state constitution hope to bring the question before voters on the November ballot.
The constitutional amendment would state that women and men have equal rights under the law. If passed by Minnesota voters, it would go into effect January 2021.
What is the history of the federal ERA? [Read More]
ERA backers fight uphill battle in D.C. as Minnesotans seek state version
"A long time to wait": Virginia passes Equal Rights Amendment in historic vote
Activists calling for Virginia's adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment gather outside the Virginia State Capitol building as the General Assembly prepares to convene in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. January 8, 2020. Photo by Jonathan Drake/Reuters
Chairman Nadler Statement for the Markup of H.J.Res. 79, "Removing the Deadline for Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment"
Video Coverage of the Hearing:
Here is the full coverage of the hearing. It should start at the beginning, but if not: The hearing begins at 50:33 and ends at 2:12:29.
After nearly a century, the Equal Rights Amendment might finally pass
House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Tuesday, April 30, 2019
A House Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing to consider several legislative proposals involving ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-New York, is the sponsor of H.J.Res.35, which would restart the amendment ratification process, and has been introducing ERA legislation DURING each session of Congress since 1992.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, proposed legislation that would extend the deadline for ratification. Murkowski and Cardin did the same in the Senate.
Equal Rights Amendment Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary.
Four panel speakers presented and answered questions:
Full coverage of the House Committee on the Judiciary. Chairman Jerrold Nadler
The House passed the Equal Rights Amendment bill on March 7 and ERA Minnesota held their ERA Lobby Day and Rally the following day (March 8, 2019 - International Women's Day) there was a lot of press coverage. Watch the video for MN House Floor Discussion highlights (FYI: This bill is to put the amendment on the ballot so people of MN can vote on it. This bill is abortion neutral.) Or read the listed articles.
Full coverage of house discussion and vote on HF 13. Starts at 0:41:32 - ends at 3:39:00.
55 House members actually vote against equal rights for all Minnesotans
City Pages. Monday, March 11, 2019 by Hannah Jones in News
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has had a simple purpose since it was first proposed in Congress in 1923: People should get equal protection under the law no matter their gender.
That's as uncontroversial as legislation gets, but the ERA has struggled and failed for decades to get ratification nationwide. So legislators in Minnesota are trying (again) to get an amendment on the state’s books. If we can’t have equality all over the United States, we can at least have it here. [READ MORE]
Minnesota House passes Equal Rights Amendment
It would put a measure on the 2020 ballot letting voters decide whether to alter the state's Constitution to say people have equal rights regardless of gender. (includes gallery of pictures)
By Jessie Van Berkel Star Tribune, MARCH 7, 2019 — 9:49PM
Minnesota house passes equal rights amendment ballot question (Associated Press) Article in several newspapers
Minnesota House approves Equal Rights Amendment after winding debate Dana Ferguson, Pioneer Press (also in various other smaller papers around the state)
Hundreds of women rally to support ERA, call on Minnesota Senate to ‘get it done’ Dana Ferguson, Pioneer Press
State House Passes ERA, Supporters to Rally at Capitol on Int'l Women's Day Public News Service, March 9
Equal Rights Amendment revival comes to the South
By Sue Sturgis March 14, 2019
The online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies
Sponsors and supporters of legislation to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment banning sex discrimination by federal and state governments gathered at the North Carolina General Assembly earlier this month to speak about the measure and urge its passage. Only one more state is needed to ratify the amendment for it to be enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. (Image is a still from this ERA-NC Alliance video.)
(Editor's note: This index was updated on March 18 to include the bill introduced in Mississippi, which died in committee.)
Number of states that have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which declares that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex": 37 [read more]
ERA now, Murkowski says
By Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media - January 28, 2019
(Federal ERA) Sen. Lisa Murkowski is pushing to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It was a top liberal goal in the 1970s. Murkowski acknowledged that it feels like a blast from the past.
“I think for most people, they think that the Equal Rights Amendment was ratified a long time ago,” she said.
The ERA says the government can’t discriminate on the basis of sex, and it has NOT been added to the Constitution. Back in March 1972, Congress ...
40 years later, the ERA is still not a part of the Constitution
Interview by Judy Woodruff | PBS News Hour | Jan 29, 2019 6:25 PM EST
(Federal ERA) Forty years ago, Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment, guaranteeing protection from discrimination on the basis of sex -- but it has never been ratified as a constitutional amendment. Now a campaign to ratify the ERA is gathering momentum, in part because of fallout from the #MeToo movement of the past two years. Amna Nawaz talks to Kate Kelly of Equality Now.
Patricia Arquette, Alyssa Milano rally for Equal Rights Amendment
BY JUDY KURTZ - The Hill | 01/29/19 11:48 AM EST
(Federal ERA) Patricia Arquette says women aren’t “treated with the same value as men in America,” and it’s time to make a change to the Constitution.
“We’ve waited long enough,” the former “Medium” star and Golden Globe-winner said Tuesday in Washington. “This is 2019, and it’s time for the United States of America to afford women the equal rights they have been denied in their own...
Celebrities join lawmakers to back ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment
By Sarah Mucha, CNN Updated 4:06 PM ET, Tue January 29, 2019
(Federal ERA) (CNN)Actresses Patricia Arquette and Alyssa Milano rallied on Capitol Hill alongside lawmakers Tuesday morning for the abolition of the ratification deadline and subsequent ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
"Women are not treated with the same value as men in America, and that stands to reason, as they have no value in their own Constitution," Arquette said. The Equal Rights Amendment, an addition to the Constitution that would ensure equal rights to all Americans regardless of sex, was first introduced...
House committee takes action on Equal Rights Amendment
By Jonathan Mohr, MN Legislature - Session Daily | January 24, 2019
A decades-long effort to constitutionally enshrine gender equality took another step Thursday with legislation approved by the House Government Operations Committee. Members approved two bills, both are meant to provide a broader legal standing for equal rights.
It's time to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment
By Lisa Murkowski and Ben Cardin, The Washington Post | JANUARY 25, 2019
Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, represents Alaska in the Senate. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, represents Maryland in the Senate.
(Federal ERA) Men and women should be treated equally under the law. It seems pretty basic, right?...
Efforts to get ERA bill through Minnesota Legislature complicated by concerns about abortion rights
By Peter Callaghan | January 25, 2019 09:40 am
Efforts to add a gender equal rights amendment to the Minnesota Constitution have been complicated by concerns raised Thursday by ...
Equal Rights Amendment on the move in Minnesota, nation
By Judy Keen Star Tribune | JANUARY 24, 2019 — 8:03AM
A hearing is set Thursday for two Minnesota measures on the amendment, a vestige of 1970s activism but one with building momentum.
Remember the Equal Rights Amendment? It's back. With a big time push in Minnesota
By Dave Orrick, Pioneer Press | JANUARY 24, 2019
The ERA is a thing again in Minnesota, to the delight of supporters, some of whom have been fighting for it since feminist movement of the 1970s...
House committee takes action on Equal Rights Amendment
By Jonathan Mohr, Minnesota House of Representatives | JANUARY 24, 2019
A decades-long effort to constitutionally enshrine gender equality took another step Thursday with legislation approved by the House Government Operations Committee...
Equal Rights Amendment
A series of articles in We*News: Covering Women's Issues; Changing Women's Lives
Now's The Time To Ratify The Equal Rights Amendment
By Gayle Lemmon, Cnn.com, November 24, 2018
Virginia May Be The Key To Ratifying The Equal Rights Amendment
CBS06 WTVR, November 19, 2018
Virginia Could Be The State To Give Women Equal Rights Nationwide
By Whittney Evans, NPR, November 19, 2018
The Equal Rights Amendment: Nation is on the cusp of a giant step toward legal equality
By Betty Folliard, Star Tribune, May 31, 2018
Illinois Votes to Ratify Equal Rights Amendment
By Amanda Arnold, The Cut, May 31, 2018
One More To Go: Illinois Ratifies Equal Rights Amendment
By Bill Chappel, NPR, May 31, 2018
Dawn of an ERA? State House passes Equal Rights Amendment — 95 years later
By Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun Times, May 30, 2018
Illinois Approves Equal Rights Amendment, 36 Years After Deadline
By Rick Pearson, Bill Lukitsch, Chicago Tribune, May 30, 2018
A Rebuke to Trump, a Century in the Making
By The Editorial Board, The New York Times, April 19, 2018
“Do Minnesota women have equal rights?”
by Kate Havelin April 11, 2018 | East Side Freedom Library Blog
How To Support Minnesota's Equal Rights Amendment
By Da'Vonna Pittman, Minnesota Women's Press, April 2018
Equal Rights Amendment Takes Major Step Forward
By Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNB, April 11, 2018
International Women's Day! March 8, 2018
ERAMN Founder & President Emeritus, Betty Folliard - Guest Speaker on "FYI with Barry ZeVan"
By Barry ZeVan, FYI (Youtube), February 10, 2018
Unbelievably, women still don't have equal rights in the Constitution
By Jessica Neuwirth, LA Times, January 5, 2018
May my heart be kind, my mind fierce and my spirit brave
By Rosemary Rocco, Medium.com, November 19, 2017
'I Believe Her' Rally At The State Capitol
By Cory Hepola, Kare11 News, November 17, 2017
‘No More Silence’: Sexual Harassment Protest Held At Capitol
By Kate Raddatz, CBS Minnesota, November 17, 2017
Women Rally, Demand Action at Sexual Harassment Protest at State Capitol
By Katherine Johnson, KSTP 5 Eyewitness News, November 17, 2017
Crowd protests against sexual harassment at Capitol
By Rob Olson, Fox9 News, November 17, 2017
Women rally against sexual harassment at Minnesota Capitol
By MPR News Staff, MPR News, November 17, 2017
Sexual harassment cure includes electing 'women in high places'
By Don Davis, Duluth News Tribune; November 17, 2017
Rally at the capitol to demand end to sexual harassment
Press Release by Betty Folliard; November 16, 2017
Koryne Horbal, former DFL chairwoman and a Jimmy Carter envoy to UN, dies at 80
By Nick Woltman, Twin Cities Pioneer Press; May 18, 2017
Iron Range native worked for women’s rights worldwide
By Beatrice Dupuy, Star Tribune; May 23, 2017
House DFL Leader Melissa Hortman Takes a Stand for Women's Rights
Video by KSTP, Channel 5 Eyewitness News; April 18, 2017
Nevada Assembly approves Equal Rights Amendment
By Sean Whaley, Las Vegas Review-Journal; March 20, 2017
Thirty-five years past a deadline set by Congress, Nevada ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment
By David Montero, Los Angeles Times; March 20, 2017
ERA Yes - Letter to Legislators March 8th, 2017
The Equal Rights Amendment is back, and it's still needed
By The Editorial Board, Minneapolis Star/Tribune; March 10, 2017
Women's rights amendment supporters in Minnesota renew their fight
By Erin Golden, Minneapolis Star/Tribune; March 08, 2017
International Women’s Day Honored In Minn., Across The World
Video by CBS Minnesota, WCCO 4 News At Noon; March 08, 2017
Women's March Organizers Call for 'A Day Without a Woman'
KSTP 5 Eyewitness News; Article By Cleo Greene; March 08, 2017
International Women’s Day Brings ERA to the MN Capitol!
Press release March 2, 2017 by Betty Folliard
ERAMN & #WomensMarchMN!
Cardin and Menendez Put Forward Two-Track Approach to Ratification of an ERA for All Women
Press release May 7, 2015 by Matthew Spikes, Legislative Correspondent, Office of Senator Cardin
A History Lesson for Republicans Blocking ERA Resolution
by Betty Folliard, Star Tribune on March 25, 2015 (commentaries)
Letter to Majority Leader Joyce Peppin from Minority Leader Paul Thissen requesting a hearing on HR 212
(removing the deadline on the ratification of the federal ERA)
by Paul Thissen, Minority Leader, MN House of Representatives, March 24, 2015
After 42 years, the ERA returns
by Lori Sturdevant, Minneapolis Star/Tribune; March 13, 2015
Women Deserve Equal Rights! Video (view to the right)
by MN Assoc. of Professional Employees (MAPE), March 11, 2015
Minn. Equal Rights Group Rallies At Capitol
(Article and Audio Interview)
by Susie Jones, CBS Minnesota / WCCO Radio; March 5, 2015
Women's rights advocates seek to revive the ERA
by John Croman, KARE11; March 5, 2015
Lawmakers, activists push for Equal Rights Amendment
by Sarah McKenzie, The Journal; March 5, 2015
Minnesota Group Seeks to Restart Equal Rights Amendment Effort
by Dave Aeikens, 5 Eyewitness News; March 5, 2015
THURS: Five chief authors of equal rights amendment legislation (ERA)...
morning take: a daily Minnesota tip sheet on March 3, 2015 (scroll down to THURS:)
ERA supporters to rally at state Capitol in support of nationwide ratification
by Joe Kimball, MinnPost on March 2, 2015
Interview: Add in ERA to the MN Constitution; remove deadline of the ERA to the US Constitution
Click here to listen: Betty Folliard interview on WTIP
by Will Moore, WTIP: North Shore Community Radio on February 23, 2015
COMMUNITY VOICES: Equal rights amendment to Minnesota Constitution is sorely needed
by Beth Anderson, SW News Media/Savage Pacer on February 3, 2015
MN-ERA: A Launch Platform to Counter Income Inequality
by INVENIUM VIAM on FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Equal Rights for all: What's not to like?
by Betty Folliard, Star Tribune on September 12, 2014 (commentaries)
Reviving the ERA to assure equality
by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune on August 28, 2014
Women's Equality Day at the State Fair
by Women Leardership Coalition on August 24, 2014
ERAMN Day At The Capitol 03/08/17
ERAMN Day At The Capitol Press Conference 03/08/17
On International Women’s Day 2017, Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of ERAMN’s chief authors of legislation before the Minnesota House - HF189, extolled the merits of an equal rights amendment into our state constitution.
ERAMN Day At The Capitol Press Conference; Photo by John Kaul