March On’s Statement on the House Oversight Committee Hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment
March On applauds the House’s decision to hold a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment today.
Every day that this country fails to acknowledge the unequal status afforded to women is a day further away from making equality a reality. Women in this country still earn less money, face more discrimination and struggle to get essential care and fair treatment—especially Black, Latinx and Native women. During the pandemic, millions of women were forced to leave the workforce due to a lack of affordable available child care. While Texas passes an unconstitutional abortion ban that disproportionately targets women, the Violence Against Women Act languishes in the U.S. Senate because of objections to its domestic violence provisions—when 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women. .
The House has already eliminated the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, but the bill has stalled in the Senate, sadly a familiar story when it comes to guarding our most essential rights. Women have fought too long and too hard to not see this through to completion and enshrine equality in the Constitution for good. Let’s make 2021 the year women have equal rights under the law in America.