How ERA is good for the economy

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh has said that a strong, equitable recovery depends on women getting back into the labor market. More than 4.6 million women left working life during the coronavirus pandemic, with black and Latinx women disproportionately affected by this devastating job loss. Women’s jobs are almost twice as likely to be lost during a so-called “you assignment”.

Women caught up in business from the start. We were deliberately left out of the constitution. The blueprint for “equal justice under the law” was written by the founding fathers (there were no mothers) for white men with financial means. The story goes that the only thought of Abigail Adams to women, albeit white women, who wrote to her husband: “Please think of the ladies.”

They didn’t.

As Congress and the White House step back on the economic path from the pandemic, it is time to correct the fundamental flaw in the Constitution that removed women in all our diversity from the nation’s founding document.

No matter how divided we may be in politics, we are truly lost when we can no longer rely on the human urge for decency, fairness and justice. Business executives understand this and therefore defend these values ​​louder and louder – not because they want to score politically, but because their customers demand it. Corporate America also understands that gender equality is not just good for business; it is vital. In June 2020, 93 companies from across the Virginia business spectrum signed an amicus briefing. express their support for the ERA. Brands like Apple, Google, the NFL, Salesforce and Pfizer signed the contract because “diversity in the workplace improves company performance”.

Nasdaq applies for official permission to request various board members and related disclosures about companies listed on its stock exchange. Bloomberg creates the Gender Equality Index (GEI) to “track the performance of public companies that have committed to disclosing their efforts to promote gender equality through policy development, representation and transparency”. Unilever In 2010 we set ourselves the goal that 50 percent of management positions should be represented by women.

Women are the backbone of our economy and their contribution cannot be underestimated; Women are responsible for 70-80 percent of consumer behavior and contribute trillions of dollars to the economy. Women are more likely than men to set up businesses and are often the only ones, primary or Co-earner in their households. In 2019, Women held 51.8 percent all management and related professions. But despite the tremendous role women play in American society, family life, and the economy, women are still not recognized as fully equals in the eyes of the U.S. Constitution.

The ERA will create a permanent, uniform and national standard to prevent the government from discriminating on the basis of gender and would enable Congress to enforce gender equality through law. Without this guarantee, laws promoting women’s economic empowerment, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, can be overturned by simple majority in Congress.

As a representative. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyWray suggests restricting the FBI on social media after January 6th to pursue a lesson learned Trump and allies have put pressure on the DOJ to support electoral claims, documents show Hillicon Valley: House Targets Technology Giants Using Antitrust Laws | Supervisory chairman urges JBS to pay hackers | Trump spokesman moves to technology company | YouTube suspends GOP senator MORE (DN.Y.) reminds us, “A constitutional change is forever. It cannot be canceled, reset, or expired. It is not in the whims of who controls Congress, a statehouse or the White House. “

We have made progress in rejecting some of the paternalistic, discriminatory foundations of our society and economy, but not enough. The US is not even in the top 60 world economies (out of a total of 131) on the World Bank index economic inclusion through gender-specific legal protection, behind nations like Ecuador, Albania, Colombia, Togo and Hong Kong. And we belong to the 24 percent of countries that lack the constitutional protection of gender equality.

Aren’t we better than that? We must. We cannot build a just, productive economy if 51 percent of the workforce is left behind.

We want and must live in a society that respects all of its citizens, not just a privileged few. There cannot be an expiration date for equality. Pass SJ Res 1.

Carol Jenkins is President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality, and Christian F. Nunes is the President of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

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