The PJ Tatler

Democrats Renew Push for ERA Ratification

A group of Democratic senators will announce a new effort to get the Equal Rights Amendment into the constitution this week.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with co-sponsors Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), will introduce a companion resolution Thursday to a House effort by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) to remove the deadline for ratification of the ERA.

The ERA passed the Senate in 1972. The resolution would remove the 1982 deadline, thus requiring just three more states to ratify the amendment.

Baldwin’s House version, introduced earlier this month, has 32 Democratic co-sponsors.

The timing of the renewed ratification push is intended to coincide with Women’s History Month. Cardin will announce the Senate effort at a press conference with representatives from women’s groups including the Women’s Campaign Forum, National Organization for Women and Feminist Majority Foundation.