Senator Steans and witnessess testify on the ERAIllinois can play a vital role in ensuring generations of women and men across the nation enjoy equal rights – a notion that is far from guaranteed under the Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress, State Senator Heather Steans said Tuesday.

“I am proud to champion the fight for gender equality by sponsoring SJRCA 4, which ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This legislation could be voted out of committee as soon as this week, which would make us one step closer to making the 28th Amendment a reality,” said Steans, a Chicago Democrat.

Steans’ remarks were made prior to the Illinois Women’s March on Springfield, which was expected to draw women and men from across the state to rally for progressive issues including equal rights, raising the minimum wage and protecting a woman’s right to choose.

Steans said she is excited about Illinois’ chance to play an historic role in the fight for gender equality. Illinois could be the 37th out of 38 states needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment for it to become enshrined in the Constitution.

“There is currently no federal constitutional provision that guarantees equality on the basis of sex. With recent executive orders and a Republican-controlled Congress, it is now more important than ever to make Illinois the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment,” she said.

“We need to protect the advances we have made toward gender equality by providing a strong legal footing against any rollbacks to legislation like the Equal Pay Act and Title IX.”

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