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What Is the Equal Rights Amendment, and Why It’s Important Now!

on Thursday, September 05, 2019. Posted in The Madsen Blog "Centre Piece"


Somewhere, the late Helen Gordon Davis must be smiling.

The fight for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has reemerged with a fervor not seen since the 1970s. The world champion U.S. Women’s Soccer Team fanned the flames of the already lit fuse with an illustration of the extraordinary imbalance of pay among female and male athletes.

Just today, The Athena Society welcomed Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman to speak to an audience of more than 170 enthusiastic women and men on why passing the ERA is important at this time.  Athena President Lorna Taylor and Athena’s Community Action Chair Linda D’Aquila invited sister organizations from around the region to participate in today’s luncheon and to continue to advocate for the E.R.A. The Hillsborough County Commission voted in support of the E.R.A. following similar support from both city councils in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

Most of the reasoning against passing the ERA has faded with time. Yet the hope for ratifying it remains in question as challengers espouse tired, uninformed and outdated rhetoric. Incredibly, 80 percent of America think it has already passed. While others consider the ERA, a relic of the seventies.  We don’t live in the same world as we did four decades ago.