4th wave feminism, social media, and the fight for the ERA


The year 2012 marked the start of the fourth wave of feminism and brought with it the #MeToo movement and discussions surrounding rape culture, sexual harassment, and body shaming. Eight years into this new stage of feminism, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was ratified by Virginia–the 38th and final state needed for inclusion of the amendment in the U.S. Constitution. Like the other three waves of feminism, the fourth wave has contributed uniquely to the evolution of the fight for the ERA.

ERA Coalition Statement on SCOTUS Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade


“Today is truly a turning point for the civil rights of everyone in this country. Upending established precedent and mounting one of the most damaging assaults on our constitutional rights in nearly 50 years makes us all less in control of our bodies. This decision is unjust and diminishes us all. We will not have full equality in this country until every person truly has the right to control their body and, in turn, participate fully and equally in our society, politics, and economy. 

ERA Coalition / Fund For Women’s Equality Launches Digital Hub Centering Historically Underrepresented Voices


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.

ERA Coalition Statement in Response to Archivist Refusing to Uphold Duty to Publish Equal Rights Amendment To Constitution


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.