This week the groundbreaking #EqualMeansEqual launched at Times Square EDITION. The public information campaign, social media movement, and programming series supports the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
At the epic soireeJerry Hall, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Lizzy and Georgia May Jagger, Theodora Richards, Fran Lebowitz were on hand to toast the crowd and applaud them for fighting for equality.
Guests mingled and expressed their concern with the battle before Grammy Award-winning singer Lisa Fischer took the stage to close out the night.
The Equal Rights Amendment is a proposed amendment that would blanket all sex-based protections (fundamentals like equal pay and the prohibition of sex discrimination) into the U.S. Constitution itself. The ERA, which has been floating around since the 1920s and awaiting state-level ratification since 1972, simply says:
“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 reason it hasn’t passed yet is this: while the ERA is not inherently a partisan matter—it has the official support of legislators on both sides of the aisle, and even made it through congress in 1972—the ERA has stalled on the state level is because of conservative social campaigns that link the ERA’s simple language to reproductive rights and an ‘attack on family values.’ With this obstacle (and the era since which it has persisted) in mind, the goal of the #EqualMeansEqual campaign is to leverage modern technology and social media to bring concentrated attention to the importance of the ERA, and ultimately to harness this awareness to target specific legislators whose states’ ratifications could be necessary for the Amendment’s passage.
For more information on how you can join in on the battle visit http://equalmeansequal.org/