Equal Rights Amendment Resolution
Utah Women Unite and House Sponsor Rep. Rebecca Chaves-Houck and Senate Sponsor Sen. Jim Dabakis have announced S.J.R. 10 Joint Resolution Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution in the Utah 2017 Legislative Session.
Top 6 reasons we need the Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.):
Unlike race or religion, sexual discrimination is NOT protected by the equal protections clause of the 14th amendment.
Sex discrimination is held to a lower level of judicial scrutiny. This makes it very difficult to win cases, favors the discriminator, puts the burden of proof on the victim, leads to long and expensive legal battles on the backs of women already earning less than their male counterparts, and makes it difficult to file class action suits.
Most of the Alt-Right fear-mongering scenarios about the "moral degradation" of society if the E.R.A. passed, have almost all already happened and we still don't have an E.R.A. (e.g., shared bathrooms, women working outside the home, gay marriage, women in military combat roles, etc.).
Pro-Women activists, legislators, and organizations have to divert all of their educational, financial, and lobbying efforts every single legislative session into each individual bill impacting women in every single state, rather than having consistent protections and rights guaranteed for all. As a result, equal pay, violence against women, access to reproductive healthcare, pregnancy rights, and all cases of sex discrimination, are subject to the whims of an executive order, an election cycle, and a judicial opinion, where the decision-makers are overwhelmingly male.
Only two countries in the entire world, Iran and the United States, have refused to sign the CEDAW (The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women). We are one of the only industrialized nation in the world without constitutional protections against sex discrimination and when we help other countries' write their constitutions we demand they include equal rights and protections for women-- despite not having it in our own.
We have seen a major sociocultural shift in attitudes about gender equality in the last four decades. Over 91% of Americans think that women and men should have equal rights confirmed in the constitution (however, more than 72% of Americans mistakenly think that we already do).
For more information about the ERA, please visit these websites:
SLC March on the Utah State Capitol
Using the inspiration and momentum of the national Women's March, Utah Women Unite is organizing a march locally in Salt Lake City on January 23, 2017, the first day of the Utah State Legislative session. We will march from City Creek Park to the Capitol Rotunda (inside the capitol building) to show our strength, power, and courage. We will demonstrate our disapproval of Utah politician's anti-women rhetoric and actions.
NATIONAL WOMEN'S MARCH ON D.C.
"On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, D.C. for The Women's March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country." - from the Official Statement from the National Organizers
Utah Women Unite is helping over 500 Utah women gather and organize as a part of The Women's March in D.C., including coordinating our voices and focusing our message both in D.C. and here at home in Utah.