Women aren’t protected by the constitution. Here's how the ERA could finally change that

On April 30, Congress will begin hearings on the Equal Rights Amendment, a proposed amendment to the constitution that has been in the works for nearly 100 years and would bar discrimination on the basis of sex. Oscar winner Patricia Arquette is expected to testify in support of the ERA.

In an episode of “Salon Now,” Kamala Lopez, executive director of Equal Means Equal, explains to Salon’s Amanda Marcotte the amendment’s origins, why it was seen as a second step after suffrage, and why it still has necessary relevance today.

Lopez is on a mission, which has been building momentum under the radar, to finally make women’s equality an official part of the U.S. Constitution. The amendment still needs one more state to sign off before three-fourths, or 38 states, have approved it and it can be added to the constitution.

Legal expert Wendy Murphy weighs in on why that decision will likely end up in the Supreme Court. Watch the video above to hear more about the ERA and why a hearing in the House is an important next step for the proposed amendment.

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