March 22, 2017

Cortez Masto Statement on Nevada’s Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

Nevada becomes 36th state to ratify ERA, 45 years after Amendment was passed by U.S. Congress

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today issued the following statement after the Nevada Legislature voted in favor of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), becoming the 36th state to do so.

“Today is a historic – albeit long overdue – day in Nevada’s history, as we officially ratify the equal treatment of women under the law. I commend and thank all those in Nevada who fought tirelessly to get this amendment ratified – not only our state legislators, but advocates and community leaders who did not stop working to get this done.

“Nevada today reminded us of the bittersweet progress when it comes to gender equality – how far women have come and still how far we have to go in the fight for equal rights. It is unfortunate that 45 years after Congress passed the ERA, the country has yet to officially provide Constitutional equal rights to women, yet I hope that Nevada’s success today provides inspiration to women across the country to continue fighting for women’s rights and equality.”