Unequal pay for women persists even with laws on the books, pregnant women can get treated unfairly at work and civil claims of gender-based violence have been limited. ERA would make gender bias claims subject to the same high constitutional scrutiny as race bias claims receive.
Even many people today don’t realize how far women have come – and women are still not treated fairly. Women didn’t get the right to vote in NC until 1972. “Not until 1971 did the General Assembly of North Carolina endorse the Nineteenth Amendment – http://ncpedia.org/women-suffrage” And women are still paid less for doing the same work, minority women paid much much less than white women and all men
But you can help. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced joint resolutions that would rejuvenate efforts to ratify an equal rights amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. Their bill will remove the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
You can take this action – write your US Senators (Burr and Tillis) and ask them to co-sponsor these ERA bills which are being introduced with Mother’s Day, 2015. Or at least to support the Equal Rights Amendment bills.
More on introduction of these bills at http://www.cardin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/in-advance-of-mothers-day-cardin-and-menendez-put-forward-two-track-approach-to-ratification-of-an-equal-rights-amendment-for-all-women
This article “How to Contact NC’s US Senators Burr and Tillis” gives you the Senators’ DC phone numbers and email access. If you send email through their systems, your wording will not get lost through the person who takes the phone call, and also you can explicitly request that the Senators write you back.
You may also request they add a topic of ‘women’ to their pull down menus. Hate to have to use ‘Other’ as the topic for most women’s issues.
Here is more on why women need ERA – https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/why-we-need-era-now/