Women in the United States today are paid on average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men -- the gap is even worse for African-American and Latina women -- and according to a new study done by the National Partnership For Women And Families, the gender-based wage gap exists in every state and in the country's 50 largest metropolitan areas.1
The first — and still the only — right specifically affirmed as equal for women and men is the right to vote. 2
The Equal Rights Amendment was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women. The ERA states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” It failed to be ratified by the time it reached its deadline in 1982. In April of 2013, representatives Kelly Cassidy and Lou Lang announced that they plan to introduce legislation to bypass the ERA deadline and have Illinois ratify it. By showing your support and signing this petition, we can help them achieve their goal by proving to Illinois lawmakers that people are still interested in and want the ERA to go into effect.