FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2022
Washington, DC –– Today, the ERA Coalition announced Elect Equality, a new campaign to provide voters with the opportunity to hear directly from candidates across the country about their position on the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA Coalition will send surveys to all federal candidates and to state legislature candidates in the 10 states that have not yet ratified the ERA and also have elections this year.
“There’s no question that women will have the power to decide this election,” said ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality President and CEO Carol Jenkins. “With the Supreme Court poised to upend established precedent and mount one of the most damaging assaults on our rights in 50 years, it’s clear that women are not protected in the Constitution. The need for the ERA has never been more urgent, and whether or not a candidate stands for equality will be the litmus test this November.”
As candidates respond to the candidate questionnaire, the ERA Coalition will award candidates who have shown their commitment to equality the ERA Certification stamp of approval. In addition to all federal candidates, the ERA Coalition will send surveys to state legislature candidates in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah.
Voters will have the opportunity to use the ERA Coalition’s interactive tool to stay informed on a candidate’s ERA Certification stamp of approval status before heading to the ballot box at electequality.org.
Jenkins continued, “The midterm elections are critical in ensuring our elected officials and those in positions of power at both the state and federal levels are pro-equality. There is no time limit on equality, and we’re going to do everything in our power to ensure that we elect candidates who will march alongside us until the Constitution guarantees that rights cannot be denied or abridged on account of sex.”
To learn more about the Elect Equality Campaign, visit eracoalition.org/electequality.
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. Composed of more than 260 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 women of color (African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latina, and Native American), gender-nonconforming and transgender women and girls, and nonbinary people – those who are most impacted by systemic inequities.