A movement to extend the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment has won the support of Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), who Tuesday became the seventh member of the New Jersey congressional delegation to co-sponsor the measure.
Congress approved the ERA in 1972, but ratification fell three states short even after an extension to 1982. Two more states have since ratified the amendment, and with the Virginia lower house in play this year, there is a drive to grant another extension.
“My mom thought I was lucky to be born in 1972 with Congress’ passage of the Equal Rights Amendment that same year,” Sherrill said. “Unfortunately, almost 50 years later, we are still waiting for equal rights for women to become law. Another New Jersey woman, Alice Paul, authored the ERA and I am honored to join this extension resolution.”
Sherrill joins Reps. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill), Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), Albio Sires (D-West New York) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) as co-sponsors.
The decision of the freshman congresswoman to co-sponsor the enabling resolution was no surprise. In January, Sherrill said she joined colleagues to wear white to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address “to honor the suffragettes who paved the way for this historic class of women in Congress.”
Sherill wore an “ERA Yes” button to the State of the Union.
It’s not immediately clear if such an extension would hold up to legal challenges.