Not only is Meryl Streep known as one of the greatest actresses of our lifetimes, she’s a staunch advocate for women’s rights. Now, she’s playing a dual role – one in Hollywood as a suffragist and one in her real life as an advocate for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
When you or I write a letter to Congress, it may or may not get noticed, but when Meryl Streep writes one to each and every one of the 535 members of Congress…well, I’d imagine that even Congress-critters get starstruck on occasion.
Several bills have been introduced to reenergize the Equal Rights Amendment, which has for all intents and purposes, been off the table for more than a generation.
The Equal Rights Amendment is simple and obvious. It states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
It’s been It’s been over 40 years since the Equal Rights Amendment passed Congress with the necessary 2/3 majority, but it failed to become part of the Constitution because it was three states shy of the number needed to ratify it. Even that was nearly half a century since its initial introduction in 1923.
Critics of the bill have long-held that it gives women special privileges under the law, despite the fact that it doesn’t even mention men and it only mentions equality. Other critics, including its most famous critic, Phyllis Schlafly, argued that women don’t want equality under the law.
In her letter, Streep called the ERA a “fundamental human right that must be included in our Constitution as a matter of principle.” Some Congress people tweeted in agreement.
— Rep. Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) June 23, 2015
— Charles Rangel (@cbrangel) June 23, 2015
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) June 23, 2015
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) June 23, 2015
If you agree with Streep (and if you’re a regular reader of this site, you should), join EqualMeansEqual.com and let’s get this thing passed. It’s been over 90 years!
Featured image via Twitter.