Following the Senate Homeland Security Committee nomination hearing for Colleen Shogan to the position of U.S. Archivist, the ERA Coalition / Fund for Women’s Equality President and CEO Zakiya Thomas released the following statement regarding Shogan’s remarks:
Hundreds of legal scholars have made it quite clear that an arbitrary deadline cannot stand in the way of ratifying an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Having fulfilled all constitutional requirements for an amendment, the ERA is both valid and enforceable today. While we’re disappointed the U.S. Archivist has shirked his duty to publish the ERA, we remain optimistic the Court will agree and require the Archivist to publish it.
Today is David Ferriero’s last day as the United States Archivist, a non-political position. He leaves office without publishing the Equal Rights Amendment.
The ERA Coalition vigorously opposes the demand by U.S. Senators Romney, Portman, and Johnson sent to the Archivist of the United States dated February 8, 2022. In their letter, mentioning the Coalition, they insist that the Archivist not publish the ERA.
Two years ago this January 27th, Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. What does this mean exactly? That we should have had equal rights to that of men two years ago.
Who is the U.S. Archivist and why does he matter to the ERA? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.