Iowa NOW is umbrella under which local Iowa chapters of the National Organization for Women operate. Our chapters focus on six priority
issues including reproductive rights, ending sex discrimination/constitutional equality, promoting diversity and ending racism, economic justice, stopping violence against women, and LGBTQ
rights including marriage equality.
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CALL TO ACTION
RATIFY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT!
The Equal Rights Amendment was submitted by Congress to the states for ratification in 1972. Hawaii was the first state to ratify and Iowa was among the other 21 states to ratify
in that first year. The deadline for ratification was extended twice, to 1982. The extension ran out with only 35 states having ratified the amendment, 3 short of the 38 states needed.
In 1992, the 27th amendment was ratified. It was a Madison amendment, submitted to the states for ratification in 1789 (having to do with Congressional salaries), proving that
a ratification deadline was unconstitutional.
In the 35 years since the extension expired, a movement we called the "three state strategy" has ebbed and flowed. The Nevada legislature ratified the ERA this week in
obvious opposition to the assault on women's rights by the atrocity known as Donald Trump. It's time to ratify the ERA, affording us what may be the only positive thing to happen in this
country in the next four years. Our organization was largest and strongest during the ERA ratification years. We have many issues but the ERA, in its original form, if ratified, is on a
scale with the 19th amendment. Let's take advantage of this unexpected opportunity to make history.
Unratified states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia. We've
heard that Virginia has a real chance to ratify. Illinois and Missouri are in our NOW District (Heartland).
Click here for ways you can take action to help make the ERA a reality!