A woman holds up a sign as members of Congress and representatives of women's groups rally in 2012 to mark the 40th anniversary of congressional passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The amendment included what the Congressional Research Service calls a "customary, but not constitutionally mandatory," seven-year deadline for ratification by three-fourths of the states.
- Women's rights are not enshrined in the Constitution. The ERA was supposed to change that.
- By 2020, the ERA had the 38 ratifications necessary for it to become the 28th Amendment.
- Publication of the ERA is a simple action and should have happened when Virginia became the latest state to ratify it.