ERA 101: The story of the Equal Rights Amendment - what you need to know.
Co-founder Nancy Murdock with Maine State Senator Eloise Vitelli
What began as a discussion group in the fall of 2016 in Blue Hill, Maine, has grown into a grassroots organization advocating for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.
Many of us were young women in school when the Equal Rights Amendment passed both Houses of Congress in 1972. It was ratified by the State of Maine in 1974. Some of us were too young to remember, others were too busy working, raising children, and going to school to pay much attention. The ERA seemed to sail through ratification by the first 35 states. That was 45 years ago. We thought it was a done deal. We were wrong.
We are a mediator, a graphic designer, a nurse, a lawyer, a women's health advocate, an architect, a sailmaker, a musician, a writer, a geologist, a librarian, a few artists, and more. We are daughters, sisters, wives, mothers and some grandmothers. We are joined by our neighbors, our sons, husbands, brothers, fathers. We are growing. Join us.
We are just one of many states working to bring this issue to the attention of Congress so the ERA will be enacted and will benefit all of us.
Our goals are to inform our fellow Mainers:
that we do not have equal protection for women in the Constitution.
that our current laws protecting women’s rights are vulnerable to change or recall by a simple majority vote in Congress.
That we must demand equality at the root of the laws - in the Constitution.
That without a federal ERA, we need a state ERA in our Constitution of the State of Maine.
To remind our Members of Congress:
of the support among their constituents for the ERA.
of their mandate to work hard for the endorsement and active support of its ratification.
And to advise our Maine State legislators:
that we need the state ERA
that there is support for an ERA among their constituents
that they have a mandate to work and vote for the state ERA