ERA Clarification

The ERA Summit group has asked that we clarify the distinction between their coalition of 30 national women's organizations and individuals, and the NOW ERA Strategy Summit meeting held in Washington, D.C. last January.

 Established in 1991, the ERA Summit has held bi-monthly meetings at the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, D.C., since its inception. The coalition supports a "Three-More-States" ERA ratification strategy based on the argument that the arbitrary deadline placed in the Resolving Clause, but not in the text of the Equal Rights Amendment passed by Congress in 1972, should now be lifted.

 The ERA Summit group's position is based on the 1992 Congressional approval of the 203-year old Madison Amendment, which illustrates that time restrictions placed on some constitutional amendments and omitted from others, or extended as with the ERA, are political, not constitutional decisions.

 Discussion during NOW's ERA Strategy Summit in January helped formulate new ERA language currently supported by NOW. We apologize for any confusion that may have occurred following publication of the article.

Return to November 1995 newspaper / Return to NOW Home Page / Search NOW site / Catalog / Send mail to NOW / Join NOW