Isn’t It Really Time, at Long Last, for Us to Approve ERA

by Paul R. Dunn for

In a recent survey, 94 percent of Americans reported that they would gladly support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would guarantee equal rights for men and women.

Ironically, 80 percent of those polled thought that the Equal Rights Amendment had been ratified by the states years ago. It wasn’t.

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Why We Still Need the ERA

Many Americans think men and women are already equal under the law. But these 24 simple words have been kicking around for 169 years without being ratified as an amendment to the Constitution:

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Nearly all other Constitutions have incorporated words like this. Only the United States is lacking an Equal Rights Amendment. “Women were left out of the Constitution more than 200 years ago…..

Read the full article online at The Nation site linked below.

>>> Why We Still Need the ERA<<<

Having the right to vote is important but, as feminists have always understood, it is not sufficient to guarantee equality.

By Erica Jong


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ERA-NC Alliance Fall Retreat

Participants in the ERA-NC Alliance retreat stand together at the end of a day of networking, learning, and planning. The retreat was held at Kanuga, in Hendersonville Oct. 14-15, 2017.

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Please follow the link to register for our Sister Organization ERA Alliance NC’s 1st Retreat!


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NC4ERA: A Project of NC NOW latest news National Speakers Kick-Off “Campus 4 ERA” Program Friday, September 15, 2017 Flagship Event



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Constitution Week Sept. 10-17, 2017 
Campus Schedule  “Equal Means Equal”


All showings are free and open to the public
NC State University – Raleigh
Tues., Sept. 12
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates AveNorth Carolina Central University – Durham
Tues., Sept 12
6:00 pm
Alfonso Elder Student Union, 1801 Fayetteville St #125

University of NC – Wilmington
Wed., Sept. 13
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Wrightsville Beach Room, Fisher Student Center

Mars Hill University – Mars Hill
Thurs., Sept. 14
7:30 pm
Belk Auditorium, Wren Student Union, 100 Athletic St.

University of NC – Chapel Hill
Fri., Sept. 15
3:00 – 6:00 pm
Hitchcock Rm. Sonja Haynes Stone Center, 150 South Rd

● Panels and discussions may follow screenings ●

Thank you to our sponsors:
NC4ERA: A Project of NC NOW  ●  ERA-NC Alliance


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More municipalities join call to put women in the Constitution



Durham, NC – From the mountains to the coast, many municipalities and counties are now on record with their support for North Carolina’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The City Councils of Asheville and Elizabeth City, and Dare County are the most recent to pass resolutions urging the General Assembly to ratify the amendment. The passage of the resolutions marks an historic path for the citizens of the state who seek to re-engage the state legislature toward ensuring the full equality of women and men in the United States Constitution.

After the Asheville City Council passed the resolution, Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler stated, “I’m proud that City Council unanimously approved the resolution supporting North Carolina’s adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment. The Council recognizes that adoption of the ERA is long overdue.”

Dare County has formally joined Durham and Orange counties in adopting resolutions encouraging the NC General Assembly to ratify the ERA, and the majority of Buncombe County Commissioners have also expressed their support for ratification. Now the Cities of Asheville and Elizabeth City join eight other municipalities across the state that have adopted resolutions:

  • Durham, City Council 2016
  • Winston-Salem, City Council 2016
  • Duck, Town Council 2017
  • Kitty Hawk, Town Council 2017
  • Nags Head, Town Board of Commissioners 2017
  • Manteo, Town Board of Commissioners 2017
  • Kill Devil Hills, Town Board of Commissioners 2017
  • Southern Shores, Town Council 2017

“Sometimes we are happily surprised at the ease with which we get support for the ERA,” says Ann Von Brock, a board member of the ERA-NC Alliance from Buncombe County. “When Asheville City Council members Gwen Wisler and Julie Mayfield were approached, they both responded with enthusiasm. In fact, they put the resolution together based on a draft we provided, included it in their consent agenda and gave us time to address Council so the audience as well as all Council members had a chance to hear why this is important to all citizens.”

Alliance board member Judy Lotas of Dare County agrees. “Many citizens are shocked to learn that women, at present, are not fully included in the U.S. Constitution. As the realization spreads, more local governments, businesses, churches and clubs are voicing their support for including women in the Constitution by passing their own resolutions.”

In 1972 a proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed both houses of the U.S. Congress and was sent to the states for ratification. By a 1982 deadline, only 35 of the required 38 states had ratified the ERA. North Carolina was one of the states that failed to ratify the ERA. However, in March, 2017, the state of Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the amendment.

North Carolina enjoys enormous support for equal rights for women and men under the constitution, and is becoming a leader in the new movement to pass the ERA. Bills supporting state ratification were introduced in both the House and Senate in the current and previous General Assembly sessions, though they were sent to committee where the chairs refused to hold hearings or take further action. Activists remain undeterred, however, and are continuing to gather evidence of statewide support for the ERA to share with our expanding base of allies within the General Assembly.


About the ERA-NC Alliance:

The ERA-NC Alliance ( is a non-partisan, non-profit organization seeking ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. constitution. Membership is open to individuals and organizations committed to ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Lead organizations include the American Association of University Women of NC, Democratic Women of NC, League of Women Voters of NC, NC4ERA, NC Business and Professional Women, NC National Organization for Women, NC Women United, Ratify ERA- NC and the Women’s Forum of NC. The Alliance operates in direct collaboration with the national ERA Coalition (


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North Carolina has NOT ratified ERA. After 45 years, the NC bill remains buried in committee.

As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26th, let’s also encourage our North Carolina legislators to pass the ERA. In 2020, we hope to celebrate both the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and, ERA, the newest constitutional amendment. North Carolinians need to add their voices to help complete this unfinished business!”

-Cherrie Wheaton and Jane Terwillegar, Co-Presidents, American Association of University Women of North Carolina

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EQUAL RIGHTS Update: The ERA and Title IX By: Christina Shaman

……“When the news came out that DeVos was both planning to roll back protections [on Title IX] and spending her time discussing the law and its nuances with hate groups rather than with survivors, we were outraged,” Jahangiri said. “Unfortunately, we have an administration that’s hell bent on targeting the most vulnerable young people.”

But things would not be so scary for Hampsey if she were protected by an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), at least not according to the National Organization for Women (NOW), which states on its website that the ERA would “make it significantly more difficult to roll back progress on women’s equality.”

By: Christina Shaman

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OPINON: The deafening silence on an Equal Rights Amendment

BMN 122916 Roberta Madden

“Not so in North Carolina, where numerous measures languish in the House or Senate Rules Committee for months, never to be heard. Now the legislators have decamped after six months, but not before hearing from hundreds of concerned citizens about the Equal Rights Amendment and other important issues. Nevertheless, the Rules Committees stubbornly refused to hold hearings or even to consider the ERA, which had met the same ignominious fate in the 2015 legislative session.”-Roberta Madden

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