EQUAL MEANS EQUAL is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the immediate publication, adoption and enforcement of the original Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution, which became enforceable federal law on January 27th of 2022.
The ERA simply states:
Equality of rights, under the law, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, or by any State on account of sex.
The U.S. Constitution requires that three-fourths of state legislatures (38 states) ratify an Amendment to become part of the Constitution. From 1972-1982, thirty-five states ratified the ERA; but then the movement faltered due to the widely accepted misunderstanding that an illegal and unconstitutional deadline in the preamble of the ERA imposed by Congress on the States dictated that women begin the entire process over again. EQUAL MEANS EQUAL disagreed; the ERA would be fully ratified upon achieving just three additional state ratifications.
Beginning in 2009, EQUAL MEANS EQUAL (originally called the ERA Education Project) educated, activated, organized and mobilized women and our allies in the twenty-two unratified states, re-educating the public on the viability of the amendment and the urgent need to complete the process.
To achieve this goal, EQUAL MEANS EQUAL provided the public with:
- production and dissemination of multi-platform media [including the award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal , video PSAs, college, high school and elementary school curriculum, podcasts, social media, TV interviews, Op-Eds, essays and all manner of free educational information and tools]
- legislative advocacy in the 22 unratified states
- intersectional public outreach to diverse communities
- raising awareness on the ground through community education & engagement
EQUAL MEANS EQUAL has been widely credited for revitalizing the movement to complete ERA ratification after decades of inaction, playing a vital role in the passage of ERA ratification legislation in the states of Nevada (2017), Illinois (2018), and Virginia (2020). Successful ratification of these final three states means that the ERA now has completed all Constitutional requirements for publication as the 28th Amendment.
Finally, the United States of America can join the 143 nations that have already enshrined equality of the sexes in their Constitutions. There are no more excuses. Equal Means Equal!