Women who think they have equal rights should look in their purses. In Louisiana, white women who work earn 70 cents on the dollar compared to white men–while black women earn 47 cents. The Equal Rights Amendment could fix this situation and only one state is needed to ratify the ERA.
Most people think the rights of women are already protected by the Constitution. They are wrong. Right now, no Constitutional protection exists–but this could change in 2019.
Senator J. P. Morrell has just announced that on the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session he intends to file a Senate Concurrent Resolution that provides for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Louisiana has the opportunity to make history.
The ERA amendment will end employment discrimination and advance fair pay. Louisiana women and others throughout the United States will be able to earn 100 percent of the wages men earn for comparable work. The ERA provides more opportunities for women in school and athletics. The ERA requires law enforcement and the legal system to respond to rape and sexual assault more effectively. The ERA Amendment clarifies that sex discrimination violates Constitutional rights.
Louisiana could lead the way…. but probably won’t unless you and other people let their legislators know women are ready for more opportunities.
On March 22, 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the United States Constitution. It said, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Now, it’s almost fifty years later…and there is only one state to go to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Tell your legislators you want them to vote yes on Senator Morrell’s resolution and ratify the ERA. We need equal pay in this state…. because right now Louisiana women have the worst pay rate in the nation. That is a fact.
Natchitoches League of Women Voters
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