This is why the Equal Rights Amendment matters for our economic recovery

The ERA would federate the inconsistent patchwork of legislation and “put the full weightof the U.S. Constitution” behind fixing systemic gender inequities. With the adoption of the ERA, sex discrimination would—for the first time ever—beupgradedto the highest, strictest level of judicial scrutiny, compared to the “intermediate” level of scrutiny it receives currently. Or, in thewordsof Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York, “A constitutional amendment is forever. It cannot be repealed, rolled back, or expire. It is not subject to the whims of who controls Congress, a statehouse, or the White House.”

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