On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women in the U.S. the right to vote. Since 1971, the date has been celebrated as Women’s Equality Day.
The Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for Women is using the historical significance of the day to ask U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken to sign on as co-sponsors to a bill that would remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Says the group:
The Equal Rights Amendment, approved by Congress in 1972, was defeated in 1982 when six states failed to ratify it before a deadline included in an accompanying proposing clause. Not all proposed constitutional amendments include a time limit for ratification; indeed, the 27th Amendment, regarding Congressional salaries, was proposed in 1789 and ratified in 1993.
“I am certain the senators agree that the constitutional rights of half our nation’s population ought not be subjected to an arbitrary deadline either,” said Minnesota NOW President Shannon Drury.