Washington, DC –– Following the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, ERA Coalition / Fund for Women’s Equality President and CEO Carol Jenkins released the following statement:
“Black women have contributed significantly to American democracy, and yet we have never been represented in an institution whose decisions deeply impact our lives. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation is a moment of both joy and validation, and is long overdue. Her tremendous record as a jurist demonstrates an understanding of how rulings impact some of the most vulnerable in our society, and she’s clearly the best person for the job.
“The lived experience of Black women has been missing from the Supreme Court for 233 years, and there are still far too many places of great consequence that are missing our perspective. Judge Jackson’s confirmation is a reminder that we have a long way to go before we achieve true equality. That’s why we cannot and won’t stop marching until the Equal Rights Amendment is enshrined in the Constitution.”
The ERA Coalition was founded in 2014 to bring concerted, organized action to the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA Coalition has a sister organization, the Fund for Women’s Equality, which promotes public education and outreach on the need for constitutional equality. Comprised of nearly 250 organizations across the country, the Coalition provides education and advocacy on Constitutional Equality.
While the effort to amend the constitution to include sex equality began nearly a century ago, our renewed efforts are centered on Black, Indigenous and Women of Color, gender-nonconforming and transgender women and girls, and nonbinary people– those who are most impacted by systemic inequities.