Equal Rights Amendment

July 2015

Civil & Human Rights

Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc., reaffirms its support for an Equal Rights Amendment to strengthen the position of American women and we pledge our efforts to secure its future adoption.  

Hadassah welcomed the reintroduction of the Equal Rights Amendment. Additionally, we endorse existing legislative efforts to eliminate the 1982 ratification deadline of the ERA, thereby enabling necessary passage by three additional states in order to secure constitutional adoption. We call upon the states that have not yet ratified the Amendment to do so.

Hadassah vigorously supports all efforts to eliminate discrimination and to promote women’s economic equality and security. We urge all our members to actively support these efforts and advocate at the local, state and federal levels for legislation to safeguard women’s rights.

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