Equal Rights Amendment: Achieving Constitutional Equality for All, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, October 21, 2021   [open pdf - 252KB]

This is the October 21, 2021 hearing on "Equal Rights Amendment: Achieving Constitutional Equality for All," held before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform. From the opening statement of Carolyn Maloney: "The Equal Rights Amendment [ERA] was written more than 100 years ago by the legendary suffragist Alice Paul[.] [...] After decades of effort, the ERA finally passed the House in October 1971, 50 years ago this month, in a strong bipartisan vote. It passed the Senate overwhelmingly the following year. In 2017, Nevada voted to ratify, Illinois followed in 2018, and Virginia in 2020. Thirty-eight state legislatures have voted to ratify the ERA, meeting the constitutional requirement, but the ERA still does not appear in the Constitution, and this has to change. Federal law directs the archivist of the U.S. to certify and publish amendments that have met the requirements laid out in Article V of the Constitution. This is purely a ministerial duty, which should be done automatically. But under President Trump, the Department of Justice issued an opinion advising the archivist not to certify the ERA. Today I am releasing a letter from preeminent legal scholars stating that this Trump-era legal opinion is legally erroneous and should be withdrawn." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jennifer McClellan, Alyssa Milano, Carol Jenkins, Inez Feltscher Stepman, Eleanor Smeal, Bamby Salcedo, and Victoria Nourse.

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Serial No. 117-48
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