The New York Assembly took a first step this summer toward adding an Equal Rights Amendment to the state Constitution when New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the State Legislature into an Extraordinary Session.
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:
In recognition of this week being National Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) Week, it is important to discuss the history behind such instrumental institutions.
Since the formal beginnings of the education system in the United States, literacy rates have acted as a divider amongst young and mature readers alike. While efforts have been made to improve the literacy rates of our congregate population, when applied today, the same struggles and disparities between Americans who can and cannot read remain.
Today, The ERA Coalition / Fund for Women’s Equality announced Equal Voice | Equal Future, a new digital hub to elevate the voices of historically underrepresented communities. Equal Voice | Equal Future is the brainchild of women and gender expansive people of color, and puts the voices of young people, LGBTQIA+ people, BIPOC, and other underrepresented communities front and center to tell their first-hand stories for the purpose of influencing policymakers and fueling economic and cultural change in support of these communities — including enshrining the Equal Rights Amendment in the Constitution.
As a show of our gratitude and continued support, we would like to take a moment to spotlight our newest members in the ERA Coalition.