WILMINGTON (Del.) – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) Friday reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution, led by Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), as hundreds of thousands marched in cities across the nation this weekend for justice and equality for women.

The bill is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

“It is unacceptable that in 2017, women still do not have the same constitutional protection as men,” said Senator Coons. “If we are to move towards the “more perfect union” promised by our Constitution, we have to work for a more equal and just society – one where women have access to affordable health care, the right to make their own health care decisions, and the right to equal pay. As marches took place across the country for women’s rights, Congress must answer the call and pass this amendment without delay.” 

The ERA states: “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 establishes within the United States Constitution the unambiguous and unassailable rights of women under the law.”