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March 17, 2019
Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) coalition rallies at the Missouri State Capitol seeking ratification this legislative session
A bipartisan network of organizations supporting the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment will host a rally at the Missouri State Capitol on April 11, 2019. Bills that will ratify the ERA are active in both chambers of the Missouri state legislature. If ratified, Missouri will be the 38th and final state needed to ratify the ERA.
Jefferson City, Mo.
April 11, 2019; 9:30 a.m.; First Floor Rotunda; Missouri State Capitol
201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Section 1: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on the account of sex.”
Missouri never ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced to Congress in 1923. If the 2019 Missouri state legislature passes House bill HCR 12 and Senate bill SCR 12, Missouri will be the 38th and final state needed to ratify the ERA. There is bi-partisan support in the Missouri legislature for the ERA and wide support for the women’s equality statewide. Project 28 MO is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization based in Kansas City that is working with approximately fifty organizations from across the state to get Missouri to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this session. To educate and rally legislators and supporters, the campaign is hosting a rally in support of the ERA at the Missouri State Capitol on April 11, followed by meetings and lobbying conversations with legislators.
The keynote speaker at the rally will be Kamala Lopez, the Executive Director of Equal Means Equal, a documentary explaining the need for the ERA. She is also the president of Heroica Films, an actor, the Founder of the ERA Education Project and a lead organizer of the National ERA Coalition. Republican and Democratic legislators sponsoring and co-sponsoring the bills as well as representatives from pro-ERA groups across the state will also speak on the importance of the ERA at the rally.
“We invite anyone who believes in women’s equality to attend the rally and call or write to their legislators and ask them to support the Equal Rights Amendment,” Erica Benson, Missouri ERA Campaign Coordinator for Project 28 MO, said. “The ERA is necessary to make sex based discrimination illegal in our federal, state and local government systems and it will provide a strict standard for law enforcement and courts to apply that does not currently exist. Ratifying the ERA in Missouri will send a prevailing message to the country that our state has zero tolerance for violence and discrimination against women and girls,” Benson said.
“We are really proud of our lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, who understand the importance and historical significance of coming together in a bipartisan way to validate and respect the women in their lives,” Benson said. “Moving into the next decade, both parties want to grow positive, productive ways, so the ERA is an easy ‘yes’ vote.”
“We are very proud to have joined the 2019 Missouri ERA Coalition, and ecstatic to finally have a statewide ERA campaign on the ground in Missouri in Project28MO.com,” Cynthia McNiel, Administrator for Project 28 MO and Springfield Missouri Feminists said. “Every Missourian who believes we should have constitutional equality between men and women needs to come out for our Equal Rights Amendment Ratification Rally to help make Missouri's ratification the final word on passing the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
Project 28 MO is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization based in the Kansas City area. It is educating Missourians and the state legislature about the Equal Rights Amendment and recommending ratification by the Missouri Legislature in 2019, so that Missouri becomes the 38th (and milestone) champion in protecting every American with these 24 very important words in the U.S. Constitution: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." The ERA would become the 28th Constitutional Amendment, for a history of the ERA visit the Alice Paul Institute online: https://www.alicepaul.org/era/history/
Missouri ERA Campaign Coordinator, Project 28 MO
Representative Judy Morgan (D)
Sponsor of HCR 12: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills191/hlrbillspdf/1337H.01I.pdf
Representative Lynn Morris (R)
Co-sponsor of HCR 12: https://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills191/hlrbillspdf/1337H.01I.pdf
Senator Jill Schupp (D)
Sponsor of SCR 7: https://www.senate.mo.gov/19info/pdf-bill/intro/SCR7.pdf
Senator Caleb Rowden (R)
Chair of Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee, which will assign a hearing and vote on SCR 7
Administrator for Project 28 MO and Springfield Missouri Feminists
Women’s Equality Coalition, Kansas City
Chair of Missouri Republican Party