Fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment, Caplan Communications lead a national campaign in the 13 vying states, advocating constitutional equality for women. The amendment, which was first proposed in 1972, would guarantee legal protections against gender discrimination and further empower Congress to enact legislation, advancing equality. On January 27, 2020, the ERA met the final legal requirement for ratification under Article V when Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amendment.
The U.S. Constitution doesn’t explicitly offer women discrimination protections. That stands in contrast with other constitutions from around the world, which set a legal standard for gender equality. But that could change with an amendment women’s rights advocates and lawmakers have been seeking to ratify for decades: the Equal Rights Amendment.