ERA MN rallies at the Capitol

Members and allies of the ERA Minnesota organization joined together in the rotunda this week for their annual International Women’s Day rally focusing on the Equal Rights Act (ERA), encouraging members and allies to get involved lobbying senators to support the movement and pass the ERA legislatively in the Senate to add the amendment to our state constitution. ERA Minnesota seeks to mount an effective public awareness campaign, develop an effective legislative strategy, and educate and activate voters to contact their legislators and hold them accountable for the passage of the ERA here in Minnesota.

The ERA is a constitutional amendment first passed in 1923 which seeks to amend the Constitution to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. The amendment reads simply, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” It has been ratified by 38 states federally. ERA MN seeks to amend the Minnesota Constitution to add the language at the state level. 

The amendment can be passed through the Legislature to be added to the ballot for the general election in November. The legislation has passed through all five House Committees and the House floor vote but has yet to receive a single hearing in the Senate.

Senate DFLers are committed to ensuring equal rights for all Minnesotans regardless of sex and will continue to fight for hearings on ERA-related bills to give Minnesotans the chance to have their voices heard on the matter in the upcoming November election.