Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden has announced his selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his Vice-Presidential running mate. We know her to be an ardent ERA supporter--her tweet after the House of Representatives passed the remove the time limit bill this February:

"When you lift up women, you lift up children, families, communities and all of society. That's why it's so critical that we finally—in 2020—pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Today, the House passed a resolution to make this happen. The Senate must do its job and pass it. #ERANow" 

Senator Kamala Harris, February 13th, 2020

Here is our statement on the selection:

August 11, 2020 – New York, NY – With the announcement of Senator Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition (ERA) and its sister organization, the Fund for Women’s Equality (FFWE) released the following statement:

“For only the third time in the history of the United States, a woman has been chosen to run as vice president on a major political ticket. The ERA Coalition and Fund for Women's Equality recognize today's historical moment and congratulate Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate alongside Democratic presidential nominee Joseph Biden.

“Women still lag in the top tiers of political leadership in our country. The United States ranks 125 out of 193 countries in the representation of gender parity in political governance. Only 28 countries in the world do not have gender parity and sadly the U.S. is among them.

“The adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment as the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution is critical to shift this damaging reality. We witnessed the sexist and misogynist remarks made towards female candidates in the selection process. We must do more to ensure that women and gender non-conforming people are treated with dignity and have the same access to leadership as men.

“The ERA Coalition and Fund for Women's Equality are committed to our mission to uphold the equality of rights under the law so that no one’s privileges are denied or abridged by the United States on the basis of sex.”

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The Biden Campaign has included the ERA high in his Women's Agenda, and it is in the DNC platform. We have reached out to the RNC, which will be using the 2016 platform that does not include the ERA. We, of course, will be updating on all the campaigns as they go forward. 

In Solidarity,

Carol Jenkins
Co-President and CEO
ERA Coalition

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