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Record #: R2018-505   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 5/23/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Budget and Government Operations
Final action:
Title: Call for Illinois House of Representatives to ratify Equal Rights Amendments
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm
Attachments: 1. R2018-505.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
RAHM EMANUEL MAYOR
May 23,2018










TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO

Ladies and Gentlemen:
I transmit herewith a resolution concerning the Equal Rights Amendment. Your favorable consideration of this resolution will be appreciated.

Mayor


Very truly yours,
RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, on March 22,1972 a proposed Amendment to the United States Constitution stating that the equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex ("Equal Rights Amendment") was adopted by the 92nd Congress of the United States; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with Article V of the United States Constitution the Equal Rights Amendment was put to the Legislatures of the several states for ratification, needing three-fourths of all the states to ratify in order to be adopted; and

WHEREAS, to date thirty-six states have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, leaving the Amendment two states short of what is necessary for ratification; and

WHEREAS, on May 12,1980, 50,000 women gathered in Grant Park to advocate for the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment; and
WHEREAS, on April 13, 2018, the Illinois Senate adopted Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 4 concerning the Equal Rights Amendment; and

WHEREAS, a two-thirds majority of the Illinois House of Representatives is necessary in order for the State of Illinois to officially ratify the Amendment; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Illinois to date has been unwilling to articulate his position on the Equal Rights Amendment; and

WHEREAS, in the forty-six years since the Amendment was put to the states, despite progress, discrimination against women continues to be an issue of paramount importance in the workplace, in education, and in the halls of government, showing that full equality for women continues to be a dream but not a reality in the United States; and

WHEREAS, both the Illinois State C...

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