Illinois Democrat wants to revive Equal Rights Amendment debate just in time for fall elections
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Americans of a certain age must think they’re living through the 1970s all over again, with a chronically weak economy, rising energy prices, an impotent foreign policy, and amateurish leadership from the White House.
One individual stuck the in the time warp is Illinois state Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat who is attempting to revive the ‘70s-era debate over the Equal Rights Amendment.
The amendment – which states that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex” – passed Congress in 1972 but failed to win approval in the 38 states required for altering the Constitution. (The amendment passed in 35 states.)
But that’s not stopping Steans.
SunTimes.com reports the legislator “has sponsored a resolution that would require approval from both the state Senate and House to make Illinois the 36th state to ratify the amendment.”
Steans’ resolution will receive a hearing by the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday.
There’s a theory among feminist groups that even though Congress’ ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment has been expired for 32 years, “passage (of the amendment) in Illinois could persuade Congress to remove its ratification deadlines and give the overall movement a shot in the arm,” SunTimes.com reports.