WHY IT MATTERS
Guaranteeing the rights of women and giving them opportunities to reach their full potential is critical not only for attaining gender equality, but also for meeting a wide range of international development goals. Empowered women and girls contribute to the health and productivity of their families, communities, and countries, creating a ripple effect that benefits everyone.
Gender equality means that men and women have equal power and equal opportunities for financial independence, education, and personal development. Women's empowerment is a critical aspect of achieving gender equality. It includes increasing a woman's sense of self-worth, her decision-making power, her access to opportunities and resources, her power and control over her own life inside and outside the home, and her ability to effect change. Yet gender issues are not focused on women alone, but on the relationship between men and women in society. The actions and attitudes of men and boys play an essential role in achieving gender equality.
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CALLS TO ACTION
From our Allies at the League of Women Voters
It's time for an Equal Rights Amendment.
Despite the significant advances that have been made in recent decades, women continue to face discrimination on the basis of sex.
The symptoms of this systemic discrimination are clear in the ongoing fights against unequal pay, workplace harassment, pregnancy discrimination, domestic violence, and limited access to comprehensive healthcare.
It is not enough to treat the symptoms; we must address the root cause of inequality by amending the Constitution and passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
This month, LWV sent two letters to Congress, expressing our support for concurrent joint resolutions that would remove the timeline for ratification of the ERA. As an organization born out the right to guarantee women the right to vote, we believe final ratification of the ERA is needed to ensure equal rights for all regardless of sex or gender.
As a country, we are on the cusp of a victory. You’ll be hearing more from us as we continue to fight for this long-awaited amendment.