Balint joins congressional ERA caucus

Congresswoman Becca Balint is working on a historic group for stalled amendment.
Published: Mar. 29, 2023 at 6:39 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2023 at 10:04 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WCAX) - Vermont Congresswoman Becca Balint is working with other lawmakers to launch the first-ever Congressional Caucus for the Equal Rights Amendment.

The effort comes on the 100-year anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment being introduced in Congress in 1923. The proposed amendment to the Consitution was initially designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. The measure was approved by Congress in 1971 but fell short of being ratified by all the state legislatures.

Balint says the caucus aims to affirm the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution; raise awareness in Congress to establish constitutional gender equality as a national priority.

”For the last 100 years, women of color have led the fight for constitutional gender equality. I’m proud to join Reps. Bush and Pressley as a Vice-Chair of the ERA Caucus to finally get this amendment across the finish line,” Balint said in a statement. “Equality shouldn’t be controversial. But women and LGBTQ Americans know the fight is as urgent as ever.”