Washington, DC –– Following the 2022 midterm elections results so far, ERA Coalition / Fund for Women’s Equality President and CEO Zakiya Thomas released the following statement:
“It’s clear that women voters and allies turned out in high numbers in support of equality, bodily autonomy, and voting rights this election cycle. We congratulate the 26 ERA Certified candidates that have been called as winning their respective races and celebrate ballot measures across the country showing that voters support reproductive rights and care by unmistakable majorities.
When the Senate reconvenes next week, we urge them to act immediately to remove the time limit on the ERA. We want to reiterate that now is the time for the Equal Rights Amendment to be recognized as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
And while votes are still being tallied in this election, we also want to congratulate Nevadans, who came out en masse to vote “Yes” on ballot Question 1 to enshrine equality for all in their state Constitution, and showed that inclusivity is clearly a priority. As of this writing, the state ERA has garnered 57.5% support, with 83% of the statewide vote counted. We’re grateful to the state advocates and Coalition partners who worked tirelessly to ensure that equality for all will be protected by the state Constitution, including Nevada NOW and Vote Equality, Planned Parenthood, Sen. Pat Spearman, and Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro.”
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 280 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.