The ERA Task Force AZ is a coalition of groups and individual volunteers working to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Arizona.
Working tirelessly as sentinels at the Capital building, attending events and rallies, and even having a lemonade stand, we are putting our best effort into bringing awareness of the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the forefront.
38 states, the required three-fourths of all states, have now ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. But we want all 50 states to step up and admit that women have and deserve constitutional equality. Arizona needs to be one of those states.
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
Arizona was once a beacon for women’s rights. Women could vote in Arizona in 1912, and Rachel Berry, from Apache County, was the first woman legislator elected in Arizona in 1914 before women in the rest of the country could even vote. Isabel Greenway was Arizona’s first congresswoman and only representative from 1933-1935. Arizona holds the record for the most women governors – 4 (three in a row) – and having women hold all state offices at the same time (1988).
The first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court came from Arizona. In fact, Sandra Day O’Connor was the first legislator to introduce the ERA in Arizona. A ratification resolution has been introduced in the Arizona House or Senate or both every year since before 1982. And while the ERA has enjoyed massive public support for decades, it still can’t get a hearing.
Arizona needs to reclaim its place in the march toward equality by ratifying the ERA in 2019 and becoming the 38th and decisive state to give all women their rightful place in the U.S. Constitution and moving toward the day that all discrimination will end.