June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018 - The New Republic writes on the passage in Illinois of the Equal Rights Amendment late last month. The state became the 37th to ratify the ERA, which would guarantee in the Constitution that women are equal to men. The amendment must be ratified by three-fourths of the states to become law. However, the deadline for passage was on June 30, 1982 - but some believe the amendment can become law if a 38th state ratifies it, despite the expired deadline. 

“If you look at constitutions around the world, rewriting, amending, and recognizing what values have changed are vital to the health of any constitutional democracy,” said Julie Suk, who teaches antidiscrimination law at Cardozo Law. “That’s what I think we’ve missed out on.” 

She said the psychological and cultural benefit of passing the ERA might even be more important than the legal benefit. “If something that has symbolic importance changes the way that people function, [then] that changes more about how we live than what the law does,” said Suk. “Symbolic means that when people know our foundational document includes protections for women’s rights, they may behave differently.”

Read the story in The New Republic.