The U.S. House Judiciary Committee adopted a resolution to extend the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment, setting up a House vote.

Virginia is poised to be the 38th state to ratify the amendment since it was proposed in 1972. That’s enough to add the amendment, if the ratification deadline can be changed. (There are other legal wrinkles to overcome should that happen, but those are two keys to reinvigorating the ERA.)


The Democratic House is likely to approve the change in deadline. The Republican Senate is less likely. Anti-feminism, as the University of Arkansas’s Angie Maxwell has written, has been — along with racism and appeal to religious conservatives — an enduring part of the Republican Party Southern Strategy for presidential electoral success. Thank Phyllis Schlafly and the woman-on-a-pedestal-but-not-in-the-CEO-chair culture.

The world has changed somewhat, if not so much in Arkansas. But really: How do you vote against something as simple as this:


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

No, it’s not about boys in the girls’ room. It’s about equal treatment under the law. Check the boardrooms of Arkansas, the studies on pay disparity, the percentage of women in positions of authority, and the rampant misogyny at the highest levels of public life and then try to tell me women are already equal.

What say Reps. Rick Crawford, Bruce Westerman and particularly Steve Womack and French Hill, who face women opponents this year about the ERA?


I think I can predict where Third District candidate Celeste Williams and Second District candidate Joyce Elliott would be on the roll call.