Democrats And Republicans Support The ERA. So What Are GOP Legislators Waiting For?
The ERA first passed in 1972 after 50 years of advocacy. In conjunction, Congress also passed a deadline for state ratification — to amend the U.S. Constitution, 38 out of 50 state legislatures must approve the amendment — by 1978. The original deadline was extended to 1982, but ultimately the amendment stalled there with it passing in 35 states. More recently, though,
a resurgent movement has achieved startling victories, getting state ratifications in Nevada in 2017 and Illinois in 2018. Last year, the Virginia Assembly was essentially one vote away from ratifying it, giving new hope to advocates of realizing a feminist dream that’s nearly 100 years in the making.