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Why Is Meryl Streep Urging Congress to Revive Equal Rights Amendment?

Meryl Streep is using her high-profile to urge Congress to revive the equal rights amendment. (Screenshot/YouTube.)
Meryl Streep is using her high-profile to urge Congress to revive the equal rights amendment. (Screenshot/YouTube.)

Meryl Streep is among the most high-profile actresses in the world, with a whopping 19 Academy Award nominations.

Streep is now using her global fame and stature to revive the Equal Rights Amendment.

Just this week, she sent a letter to each Congress member urging them to revive a constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for women.

“I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality—for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife, or yourself—by actively supporting the Equal Rights Amendment,” Streep writes. Each packet includes a copy of Equal Means Equal, a book by Jessica Neuwirth, president of the ERA Coalition, wrote U.S. News.

Watch the video, Meryl Streep asks Congress to revive the ERA:

In 1920, just after women were given the right to vote in the U.S., the Equal Rights Amendment was written. From 1923, it was unsuccessfully introduced in every legislative year in Congress, until it was finally passed in 1972.

It was sent to each state for approval, but by 1982, despite an extension of the traditional deadline for ratification, it was three states short of the minimum of 38 needed to add it to the constitution, and the issue stalled. Hold-out states included Arizona, Nevada, and Utah in the west, and a large area of the South and Deep South. Various campaigns to revive the attempt in Congress since 1982 have failed, wrote The Guardian.

Isn’t it time for states to move into the 21st century, and forego their misogynist past attitudes?

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