Louisville’s Third-District representative, Democrat John Yarmuth, has joined with 203 of his fellow congressmen to reintroduce another Equal Rights Amendment, similar to the failed 1972 bill. On Wednesday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Sen. Robert Menendez introduced House Joint Resolution 40 , and Senate Joint Resolution 10: “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women.”
The “new” bill is identical to its 1972 predecessor. The two-page amendment simply states that equality could not be denied on the “account of sex” and that Congress would have the power to enforce this mandate. Supporters say that they are so upset with the Supreme Court’s 9-0 decision against Wal-Mart women that they’re reviving yet another push for the Equal Rights Amendment.
Earlier this week, 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees lost in a sex discrimination suit brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, when the court ruled that the plaintiffs failed to prove that all the women involved had endured the same discrimination and therefore shouldn’t be lumped together in a class-action lawsuit.
“The Wal-Mart case decided by the Supreme Court this week is a classic example of how far attitudes must still come. The facts of the case support the view that over a million women were systematically denied equal pay by the world’s largest employer,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney said.
The Equal Rights Amendment idea has been around for a long time. Originally proposed in 1923, the ERA was presented to Congress repeatedly until it passed through both houses in 1972. It only gained ratification in 35 of the 38 states required for it to be added to the Constitution. Since that time, five states have withdrawn their ratifications.
The ERA continues to be unpopular with the majority of Americans, and it remains unexplained why so many Democrats are continuing in their attempt to resurrect a lost cause and meddle with the Constitution.
Joining Rep. Yarmuth in his crusade, are a number of other Democratic legislative luminaries, to include Representatives John Conyers, Barney Frank, Sheila Jackson-Lee,
William Jefferson, Charles Rangel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman, and Anthony Weiner (whose support for women’s equality is well known).
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