WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) failed decades ago, gender activists today proclaimed the 1970s-era proposal to be law of the land.  

Jennifer Braceras, director of Independent Women’s Law Center, issued the following statement:  

“Activists want you to believe that an out-of-touch, expired proposal from the era of Charlie’s Angels, disco, and the Iran Hostage Crisis is now part of the Constitution. It’s not.” 

“The ERA might sound good, but adding it to the Constitution in 2022 will jeopardize any government policy or program that distinguishes between the sexes, including single-sex sports teams, sororities, and dorm rooms at public universities, and outlawing as single-sex prisons, restrooms, publicly-funded women’s shelters, and federally-funded STEM grants for women and girls.

“Most of us either weren’t alive or were too young to vote when the ERA failed. Activists must not be allowed to impose these radical consequences on us without our consent.“

Inez Stepman, senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Forum, explained, “Men and women are already equal under the law, but they are not interchangeable. The ERA would prevent the law from ever recognizing that men and women are biologically different, despite that recognition being necessary for women’s privacy, opportunity, and safety.”



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