The Equal Right’s Amendment, first proposed in the 1920’s to back up the newly written right of women to vote needs to be part of the Constitution to end specious challenges to the equality of women and men under law. The original Alice Paul language is plain and simple:
- Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
- Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
- Section 3. The Amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
The importance of doing this was proclaimed by Alice Paul in a famous speech in 1923:
“We shall not be safe until the principle of equal rights is written into the framework of our government.” The only change in the language that’s been around for nearly 100 years now is that I’d recommend having it take effect immediately upon ratification. It’s time to move on to enforcement by appropriate legislation.