Senator Carper Votes to Affirm the Equal Rights Amendment

Today, Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following statement after he cast his vote on S.J. Res. 4, a bicameral measure that would seek to remove a barrier to enshrining the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. Senator Carper is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

“At a time when women’s freedoms are currently under threat nationwide, it is more important than ever to ensure that the Equal Rights Amendment becomes an official part of our democracy,” said Senator Carper. “Since my first year in Congress, I have been a vocal supporter of the ERA. It is unacceptable that so many Senate Republicans are still against equality for all, and I won’t stop fighting for women’s rights.”

Senator Carper has been outspoken in his support of women’s equality, casting one of his first votes as a Congressman in support of the ERA. The ERA was first introduced 100 years ago to codify equality for women. Since 1923, a version of the constitutional amendment was introduced in every Congress until it passed in 1971 in the House and 1972 in the Senate. Today, 38 states have ratified the amendment.