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The Equal Rights Amendment Was Never Ratified
Researched by Thomas DeMichelePublished - June 10, 2019 Last Updated - June 17, 2019
The Equal Rights Amendment Still Hasn’t Been Ratified
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has yet to be ratified despite being introduced in 1923 and passed by Congress on March 22, 1972. In order to become a constitutional amendment only one more state needs to ratify the ERA.
Or, more specifically, the amendment, after passing a two-thirds majority in the house and senate in 1972 the ERA was sent to the states to be ratified by state legislatures.
To become a constitutional Amendment it needs 38 states of 50 states (3/4ths of states) to ratify it according to Article V of the Constitution.
35 states approved the amendment by 1977, but 15 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia) failed to ratify the amendment before the extended deadline of June 30, 1982.
Since then 2 additional states (Nevada in 2017 and Illinois in 2018) have ratified it, now it only needs 1 more state to do so.
With that said, 5 states (Nebraska, Tennessee, Idaho, Kentucky, and South Dakota) have claimed to rescind or withdraw their ratification, but where the Constitution clearly allows for ratification, it does not explicitly allow ratification to be rescinded.
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a Constitutional Amendment that declares that the law can’t discriminate against women, was never ratified.
Although only one more state needs to ratify it, there would likely be a legal battle if it did get the ratification by a state, because of states that have tried to rescind their ratification and because of the deadline Congress imposed (even though the Constitution doesn’t explicitly allow for rescinding or timelines).
Author: Thomas DeMichele
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