Ask your state representative to support ratification of the ERA with HJR 7!

Ask your House Rep to support HJR 7 for ratification of the ERA!

The Equal Rights Amendment has become a major conversation in our country since Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA. Legal procedures are now underway to enshrine it in the U.S. Constitution. HJR7 would offer Utah the opportunity to set a powerful example of respect and to help ensure that women across the nation have equal legal protections in the U.S. Constitution by ratifying the ERA in Utah.

HJR 7 has been held up in the Rules Committee without a vote. It’s up to constituents like you to contact legislators and ask them to support HJR 7.

Simply click “Start Writing” to email your state representative now.

Background

Women began to work for an amendment that would provide equal protections under the United States Constitution in 1923 after a suffragette clause to the 15th Amendment was denied by Congress in 1869, leaving women out. It wasn’t until 1972 that Congress finally passed the Equal Rights Amendment. Few people realized the ERA was not actually ratified, as only 37 states had ratified it before Virginia recently became the 38th state. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend the deadline for ratifying the ERA in February.

What would HJR 7 Ratifying an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution do?

HJR 7 would resolve the Utah State Legislature to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment of the United States Constitution.

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)
  • Nearly three-fourths of Utahns favor the state Legislature ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, and 94% of Americans support ratification of the ERA into the U.S. Constitution — including overwhelming majorities of Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters nationwide.
  • The ERA benefits Utah families. 60% of Utah women are in the workforce, and many are the sole providers in single-parent families. The ERA can help women better support their families.
  • Although Utah men and women enjoy equal protections under our Utah State Constitution, it is a myth that they are protected equally by the U.S. Constitution — under the 14th or any other constitutional amendment. As the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated: “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.” Utah now has the opportunity to set an example of respect and model the values of our own state constitution by extending equal protections to the rest of the nation.
  • 134 nations contain constitutional provisions guaranteeing gender equality under the law.
  • Utah is currently ranked last in the nation for how we treat women. Ratifying the ERA would raise the level of respect Utah has for women and make a proud statement that “This is the place for women!”
  • Last session, the Legislature unanimously passed, HJR 21, a resolution by Rep. Kwan “reaffirming the value of women” and recommending “that the language and intent of the Utah Constitution provision guaranteeing equal political rights be considered for inclusion in the United States Constitution.” Thank your legislator for supporting this resolution and remind them that the next step is ensuring women across the nation have equal legal protections under the U.S. Constitution.
How to make sure your letter is successful:

  1. Use a clear and specific subject heading.
  2. Start with a salutation (“Dear …”).
  3. Be CIVIL, PERSONAL and as CONCISE as possible.
  4. Mention that you are a CONSTITUENT and include your full address with zip code.
  5. Sign your name at the end.

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