Georgia should be the 38th State to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment because….
Georgia can complete our country’s unfinished business of ratifying this constitutional amendment. Then our state will forever be listed in the history books as the iconic state that made the Equal Rights Amendment possible.
Georgia can address the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s concern that our U.S. Constitution does not address discrimination based on gender. Scalia’s statements on two occasions:
Scalia’s September 2001 remarks: “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.” Scalia on another occasion, “The Constitution does not protect women from sexual discrimination. No one ever thought that’s what it (the 14th Amendment) meant. No one ever voted for that.”
Georgia will receive millions of dollars worth of free publicity that will attract the attention of corporations that want to locate in a state that is vibrant and on the move.
The free nationwide publicity will attract the attention of tourists that are interested in history. History buff tourists stay more nights and spend more money than any other group of tourists. *
Filmmakers may want to produce a movie in Georgia about the history of the ERA and bring those production dollars with them.
This achievement will help attract national conferences and conventions and Georgia legislators will be asked to speak about passing the ERA.
A level playing field will help alleviate elderly women living in poverty because women will be earning more pay that they can save for retirement.
The family life of working men and women will be enhanced because families that have fewer financial burdens have less stress.