“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
That’s some controversial stuff there: the same rights for women as for men.
The Equal Rights Amendment was proposed in 1972 and Montana ratified the amendment in 1974. But it needed 38 states for ratification and by the 1979 deadline had but 31. Congress extended the deadline to 1982 but by then only 35 states had ratified it.
Virginia came on board in January, 2020 (along with earlier ratification by Nevada and Illinois) becoming the 38th state. It was past the deadline, though, putting the amendment in the U.S. House for consideration. From NPR:
The U.S. House has voted to remove the deadline on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment in an attempt to revive the amendment. The 232-183 vote fell largely along party lines with five Republicans supporting the measure and zero Democrats opposing it.
Guess who joined with the Republican majority in denying women equal rights? That would be your Congressman, Greg Gianforte. Here’s the vote tabulation. Now it goes to the Senate, where it will languish on McConnell’s desk:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said earlier this month that he’s “personally not a supporter” of the amendment, and the Trump administration’s Office of Legal Counsel has said that it considers the ERA “expired.”
I’ll not attempt to mansplain here but women voting for Gianforte would be like African-Americans voting for neo-Nazi former presidential candidate David Duke.
If you believe a woman should have equal pay for equal work, have paid maternity leave and child-care support, for legislation to end violence against women, and to have control over her own health care decisions, there’s no need for me to tell you how to vote.