Zonta International is a global organization of women and men dedicated to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center is a tool for our members in the United States and other individuals who share our commitment to gender equality to take action to improve the lives of women and girls. With your help, we can make a difference. In addition to the actions below, click here to support our joint efforts with UNICEF USA to end child marriage in the United States.
The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972; however, it has never been fully ratified. Its ratification would provide a constitutional guarantee that all men and women are truly equal under the law and that these rights cannot be easily abridged. Without the ERA, women do not have equal rights under the law.
The Equal Rights Amendment will make it clear that sex discrimination in employment, education or any other space is a violation of women’s constitutional rights as Americans. It will also provide a clearer and stricter judicial standard for deciding cases of sex discrimination.
The Zonta USA Caucus has been working tirelessly over the last two years to urge senators and representatives to support legislation to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The House companion bill, H.J. Res. 79, was passed with bipartisan support on February 13, 2020. We need your support to secure additional co-sponsors for S.J. Res. 6. Urge your senators to be on the right side of history, as we celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage.