The people of North Carolina have the opportunity to have their voices heard and play a part in the making of herstory by becoming the 38thand final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

The North Carolina Senate and House are in session from January 9 to July 12 – let’s get ERA voted on in THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION!

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As of March 11, 2019, two bills ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment have been introduced in the North Carolina House and Senate, respectively. In the House, Reps. Carla Cunningham (D-Charlotte),  Susan C. Fisher (D-Asheville), Evelyn Terry (D-Winston Salem), and Julie Von Haefen (D-Apex) introduced HB 271 on March 6, 2019. HB 271 has been cosponsored by the entire Democratic House delegation and was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

In the Senate, Senators Floyd McKissick, Jr. (D-Durham), Terry Van Duyn (D-Asheville), and Erica D. Smith (D-Henrico) introduced SB 184 on March 6, 2019. SB 184 has been cosponsored by the entire Democratic Senate delegation and was referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

To date, neither bill has been brought up for a vote in either chamber.

Make it happen

The people of North Carolina have the opportunity to have their voices heard and play a part in the making of herstory to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). As of today, North Carolina may be a great opportunity for supporters and advocates of the ERA to add one of the two states needed to ratify the Amendment, whether it be through connecting with their state legislators, participating in demonstrations, or raising awareness through social media.

The last time the North Carolina House of Representatives passed the ERA was in 1977, but it did not pass the Senate.

The North Carolina Senate and House are next in session on November 27, 2017 – let’s get ERA voted on in THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION!

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Historical Context Regarding the ERA in North Carolina

While the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote was ratified in 1920, North Carolina did not pass the amendment until 1971, becoming the second-to-last state to do so in the country. In 1977, North Carolina became a battleground state for both ERA supporters and opponents. One of the ERA’s strongest supporters in North Carolina was Gladys Avery Tillett, who organized the first League of Women Voters county chapter in North Carolina in 1921 and was an assistant chairman of the Democratic National Committee between 1940 and 1950. She was a United States representative to the United Nations Commission on Women in 1961, advocating for equal pay and the establishment of a minimum age for marriage. Tillett led the organization ERA United, which was a coalition of 20 women’s organizations including the League of Women Voters, Business and Professional Women, and the National Organization for Women. In 1977, First Lady Rosalynn Carter made telephone calls to North Carolina House legislators to attain their support for the ERA, which may have played a critical role in its passage in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

On February 9, 1977, the Equal Rights Amendment passed the North Carolina House of Representatives with 61 to 55 legislators in favor of the bill. Advocates of the ERA then sought to pass the ERA ratification bill in the North Carolina Senate, with First Lady Carter and her husband, then-President Jimmy Carter making phone calls to several state senators to support the bill. That same year, Phyllis Schlafly’s organization opposing the ERA turned to Richard Viguerie to assist them in producing and distributing anti-ERA letters to individual legislators.

In addition, Judge Susie Marshall Sharp, the first female North Carolina Supreme Court Justice, along with Georgia Senator Sam Ervin, also lobbied against the ERA. The proposal narrowly failed on March 1, 1977, with 26 to 24 North Carolina Senators voting against the ERA. In 1982, thousands of activists marched through Raleigh in support of the Amendment, but North Carolina State Senators killed a ratification bill in committee.

Recent Events in North Carolina Regarding the ERA

On February 14, 2017, members in both legislative houses of the North Carolina General Assembly introduced bills ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. Senator Floyd McKissick Jr., along with Senators Angela Bryant and Terry Van Duyn, introduced SB 85 in the North Carolina Senate. Representative Carla Cunningham introduced HB 102 in the North Carolina House along with fellow Representatives Susan Fisher, Evelyn Terry, and John Ager. SB 85 was referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate on February 15 while HB 102 was referred to the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House on February 16. Since then, the proposals have not received a vote in either chamber.

SB 85 Primary Sponsors:
Senator Floyd McKissick Jr. (D-Durham)
Senator Angela Bryant (D-Rocky Mount)
Senator Terry Van Duyn (D-Asheville)

Other SB 85 Sponsors:
Senator Don Davis (D-Greenville)
Senator Valerie Foushee (D-Hillsborough)
Senator Paul Lowe, Jr. (D-Winston-Salem)
Senator Gladys Robinson (D-Greensboro)
Senator Joyce Waddell (D-Charlotte)
Senator Mike Woodard (D-Durham)

HB 102 Primary Sponsors:
Representative Carla Cunningham (D-Charlotte)
Representative Susan Fisher (D-Asheville)
Representative Evelyn Terry (D-Winston-Salem)
Representative John Ager (D-Fairview)

Other HB 102 Sponsors:
Representative Kelly Alexander, Jr. (D-Charlotte)
Representative John Autry (D-Charlotte)
Representative Chaz Beasley (D-Charlotte)
Representative Deb Butler (D-Wilmington)
Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-Wilson)
Representative Rosa Gill (D-Raleigh)
Representative George Graham (D-Kinston)
Representative Edward Hanes, Jr. (D-Winston-Salem)
Representative Pricey Harrison (D-Greensboro)
Representative Yvonne Lewis Holley (D-Raleigh)
Representative Verla Insko (D-Chapel Hill)
Representative Joe John (D-Raleigh)
Representative Graig Meyer (D-Hillsborough)
Representative Henry Michaux, Jr. (D-Durham)
Representative Rodney Moore (D-Charlotte)
Representative Bobbie Richardson (D-Louisburg)
Representative William Richardson (D-Fayetteville)
Representative Brian Turner (D-Asheville)

Please call your State Senators and Representatives and encourage them to support the ratification of the ERA in North Carolina.

Be sure to stay informed on news and events regarding the progress of the ERA through the Equal Means Equal website at www.equalmeansequal.org.

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ERA Ratification in the United States: Only ONE more state is needed to ratify the ERA

Who else is in?

37 wins! Thanks to these states for protecting the rights of Americans and fighting to usher in a new ERA.

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