Most Read: Local

D.C. Wire
About this Blog & the Writers |  On Twitter  On Twitter  |  RSS RSS Feed
Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 05/03/2011

D.C. Council calls for passage of a federal Equal Rights Amendment

The D.C. Council reengaged in a decades-old fight Monday when it unanimously approved a resolution calling for the passage of a federal Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The resolution was sponsored by council members Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Yvettee D. Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), the three women who serve on the council.

In arguing for passage of the resolution, Bowser recounted the history of the amendment, which was first devised in 1923 by suffragist Alice Paul.  The House and Senate both approved the amendment in 1972, but it was never ratified by two-thirds of the states.

Although Bowser noted that the District has among the toughest anti-discrimination protections in the nation, she called on her colleagues to take a stand for women in other states.

“It’s not the law across the country, therefore, this resolution gives additional attention and much-needed focus to this important body of work,” Bowser said.

By  |  12:11 PM ET, 05/03/2011

Read what others are saying

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company