It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
My pick for this week is The Equal Rights Amendment.
What is the Equal Rights Amendment, you ask? That’s an excellent question. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment, and other matters. No brainer, right?
The ERA was originally introduced in Congress in December 1923 — nearly a century ago. In order for the ERA to be added to the U.S. Constitution, it must be ratified by 38 of the 50 states. Right now, 37 states have ratified the ERA, although five state legislatures (Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, and South Dakota) voted to revoke their ERA ratifications. But it remains an unresolved legal question as to whether a state can revoke its ratification of a federal constitutional amendment.
So why do I think the Equal Rights Amendment won the week? This past Tuesday, the elections in Virginia turned that state blue. Democrats won control of Virginia’s legislature and it has a Democratic governor. The incoming state legislators have expressed their intent to hold a vote on ratification, and, if passed, it would make Virginia the 38th state to ratify the amendment, if the five revoked ratifications are included.
Further action from Congress may be required before the ERA can be admitted as a constitutional amendment, but after 97 years since the ERA was first introduced in Congress, America may finally end the legal distinctions between men and women. It’s about fucking time.
And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?