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TO: CFBPW MEMBERS
FROM: LINDA WILSON, NFBPWC 2ND VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVOCACY
SUBJECT: EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
At May 19th-20th CFBPW Annual Conference I gave an update on the Equal Rights Amendment now that Nevada has ratified it and what CFBPW members can do to finally get it ratified. Remember the Equal Rights Amendment is number one on our Public Policy Statement.
We need to remove the deadline for ratification of ERA in Congress. HJ Res. 53 Speier (CA-D) and SJ Res.5 Cardin (MD-D) would do that. HJ Res 53 has 156 co-sponsors (all Democrats). This is an increase of twelve since Nevada ratified the ERA. More co-sponsors would help to get the bill passed. The Democrats support ERA in their platform. The Republicans do not support the ERA and have not since Ronald Reagan was President. Just because your Congressmember is Republican does not mean that you should not contact him or her to co-sponsor the ERA. Those with no indication of party are Republicans. It would be great to have some Republican co-sponsors. Following are the California Congressmembers, who are not a co-sponsor of the bill. If you live in the following California Districts, contact your Congressmember to co-sponsor this bill to extend the deadline to ratify the ERA – 1st District Doug LaMalfa; 4th District Tom McClintock; 7th District Ami Bera (who is a Democrat); 8th District Paul Cook; 10th District Jeff Denham; 12th District Nancy Peloski (who is a Democrat); 16th District Jim Costa (who is a Democrat); 19th District Zoe Lofgren (who is a Democrat); 20th District Jimmy Panetta (who is a Democrat); 25th District Steve Knight; 31st District Pete Aguilar (who is a Democrat); 37th District Karen Bass (who is a Democrat); 39th District Ed Royce; 42nd District Ken Calvert; 43rd District Maxine Waters (who is a Democrat); 45th District Mimi Walters; 46th District Luis Correa (who is a Democrat); 48th District Dana Rohrabacher; 49th District Darrell Issa; 50th District Duncan Hunter. The 34th Congressional District is presently vacant pending a June 7th election. If you are in that District, ask the candidates their opinion on the Equal Rights Amendment. This bill is in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice.
The comparable Senate Bill SJ Res 5 has 30 co-sponsors (one Independent and the rest are Democrats). Both California Senators are co-sponsors. This bill is in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Let’s work on ratifying the ERA before 2020 when the NFBPWC is hosting the BPW International Congress in Orlando, Florida. This is Liz Benham, our National President’s goal.