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BPW-Iowa's Legislative activities

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Read the BPW Iowa 2020-2021 Legislative Platform  

October 2020

BPW Iowa joins five other Iowa organizations (American Association of University Women of Iowa,  Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, Iowa Women’s Foundation, League of Women Voters of Iowa and NEXUS Executive Women’s Alliance) seeking the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA in January of 2020.  Subsequently, on Feb. 13, the House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 79, which removed the 1982 ratification deadline.  Passage of the ERA now rests in the hands of the Senate.  BPW Iowa is collaborating with other organizations to request Republican Senators Charles Grassley & Joni Ernst to vote “yes” on Senate Joint Resolution 6, which would remove the original Equal Rights Amendment ratification deadline and permit ERA to become law.  Click here to view a short video.

PREAMBLE to BPW Iowa's Legislative Platform:

The Equal Rights Amendment, as authored by Alice Paul, shall stand first, foremost and above all other items which may appear on the state platform of this Iowa Federation of Business and Professional Women, until equal legal rights for women and men become guaranteed in the United States Constitution, because all statutory law derives there from.

The Equal Rights Amendment

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The ERA was first introduced to Congress in 1923 and passed 49 years later (1972).  The ERA sought to end the distinctions between genders in matters of divorce, property, employment and other legal issues.

Despite gains for women’s rights, pervasive gender discrimination persists today in the form of wage disparities, sexual harassment and violence.

While 72% of Americans incorrectly believe the ERA is already included in the Constitution, passage of the ERA is supported by 94% of citizens.

 

Find your state legislators: To find out who your Iowa senators and representatives are, click here. Using this tool provided by the Legislative Services Agency, you can locate your legislators' contact information.