Support of the Equal Rights Amendment can be seen as a waste of time and as meeting that is just being made to keep people busy because many people believe that men and women already live equally. However, it can also be seen as action that must be taken to protect the advancements that women have made over the years as they have attain De more liberty in society. The following questions are samples of questions that can be asked r grading the topic at hand. Do men and women have equal rights in the united States according to the Constitution?
How can equal rights between men and women be achieved and guaranteed I n today’s society? What effects would an Equal Rights Amendment have on society? Who would infinite from an Equal Rights Amendment? How does the Ignited States compare to other coo entries when it comes to the issue of equal rights? Keywords: equal, rights, Constitution, effects, guaranteed It has been over thundered years since the founding of the United States of America and the signing of the U. S Constitution, and to this day men and women have still not been guaranteed undeniable, equal rights under the law.
After all these years and t he advancements that the United States has made, equal rights between men and women would d be expected in the modern day and age. Due to the fact that equal rights are still not protected u deer the law, men and women have been pushing for the Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, in o order to eliminate the inequity that still exists in the United States. Many people may see the CEQ al Rights Amendment as an amendment that would only benefit women, however men would strongly benefit from the Equal Rights Amendment as well.
The ratification of an equal rights amendment will provide men and women an opportunity to be seen as equals, however e quality under the law may come with destroying the distinction between men and women. Family law would be largely impacted if an equal rights amendment were pas seed. The assuage of the Equal Rights Amendment is needed in the United States in rod retro create more consistent law enforcement in cases where gender would usually impact the outcome of a court case. A couple subjects of family courts that would be directly affected by the Equal Rights Amendment include child custody and paternity suits.
According to Gray (n. D. ) , men trying to obtain child custody of their children in cases of divorce or unwed pregnancies s would have a greater chance of obtaining some sort of custody because the Equal Rights A amendment would clarify law in family courts and eliminate sorrel stereotypes that are still use in society today. Along with this, unwed fathers that do not wish to be a father would be grant De the choice to not take on fatherhood, by making it illegal for states to impose fatherhood on m en just as states have made it illegal to impose motherhood on women through the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v.
Wade The Equal Rights Amendment would also grant women further legal protection n under the U. S. Constitution. Women currently do not have the same guaranteed rights a s men in the Constitution and are therefore not always seen as equals. An example of this I s the pay gap between men and women in the workplace. Women still generally make less t Han men and this could be traced back to the fact that there is no clear law that clarifies sex disc rumination. According to Lebanon (2014) “Gender discrimination accounts for only 25 to of arty percent of the pay gap. However, this is not the only case of bias and gender inequality in the e Constitution. The movement for an equal rights amendment began centuries ago in 1 776, before the modern Equal Rights Amendment came to life, when Abigail Adams wrote to J non Adams, “In the new code of laws remember the ladies and do not put such unlimited pop were into the hands of the husbands” (Francis, n. . ). However, it can be seen that her words had little e influence on the actual laws implemented into the Constitution because women were denied most legal rights during the eighteenth century, and have still not been guaranteed undeniable equal rights today.
Originally, the Framers of the Constitution aimed to create a Constitution that would particularly protect and benefit rich, white males. They aimed to do this because they the messes were, for the most part, the upper class of society. This means that people of different r aces and genders were not represented at the Constitutional Convention and therefore they did tot have a say in what was drafted into the Constitution (Francis, n. D. ).
This can be seen as it to k eighteen years for the Fourteenth Amendment to be adopted into the Constitution and underbred and thirty years for the Nineteenth Amendment to be ratified into the Constitution The Fourteenth Amendment granted all persons born or naturalized in the U united States, citizenship (“The Constitution of the Ignited States,” 1868) while the Nineteenth h Amendment gave all citizens the right to vote which could not be denied by the United Stats sees or by any State on the account of sex (“The Constitution of the United States,” 1920). Although the Fourteenth Amendment granted people that were born in the U. S. Thespians, Amendment NT XIV Section 2 of the U. S. Constitution includes the word “male. ” By including the word “male” A amendment XIV of the U. S. Constitution specifically only protects the rights of men, and not w omen (Napkins, n. D. ). Amendment XIV Section 2 of the U. S. Constitution is a portion of the Con situation that focuses on voting law. This amendment states that if any male twenty yea RSI or older is not given the right to vote in a federal election, the number Of electoral votes for t hat state will be educed based on the remaining number of male citizens in a state (“The Con situation of the United States,” 1868).
The fourteenth amendment has sparked many argue nuts over the years as men and women have fought to eliminate such gender inequities, such as the word “male,” from the text of the U. S. Constitution through the Equal Rights Amendment. By re moving such bias from the U. S. Constitution, men and women of all genders and races would b e granted the same, and therefore equal, rights in the United States. The Equal Rights Amendment was drafted in 1923 by author Alice Paul and ha s been aerating controversy ever since it was written (Carry, 2014).
Paul and other us porters of the Equal Rights Amendment striver for “equality of rights under the law ‘ regards sees of sex. The Equal Rights Amendment was created so that equality of rights under the law would not be denied by the United States or any state on the account of sex (Francis, n. D. ). As of 1982 many people have considered it dead because it was not ratified by enough states o ever its ten year ratification period. It was ratified by thirties out of the thirtieth required SST attests and it fell short of being ratified into the Constitution by three votes.
Despite the fact the at the Equal Rights Amendment failed to gather enough support for ratification, it had been intro educed in every Congress between 1923 and 1972 . Now that it is no longer a part of party plan deforms in elections, the Equal Rights Amendment has lost much publicity and support over the ye A major reason the Equal Rights Amendment failed to be ratified was due to t he efforts of Phyllis Scholarly, a strong opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1 sass. Scholarly organized the “STOP ERA” campaign, which stood for “Stop Taking Our Privilege sees Equal Rights Amendment.
She argued that the ratification of an Equal Rights Amen oddment would bring several unwanted changes to the lives Of American women. According t o casuistry. Org (2014)” Protective laws like sexual assault and alimony would be swept away. The ten Denny for the mother to receive child custody in a divorce case would be eliminated. The e lemma military draft would become immediately unconstitutional. ” Although these changes would most likely occur with the passage of an equal rights amendment, an equal rights amend meet needs to be amended into the U. S. Constitution to finally achieve equality between both g enders.
However, gender inequality is not only a problem in the United States, it is a worldwide I sue that takes place in all countries. Recent studies show that, along with the united States, there is no country in the world that offers men and women equal status or power (Buckley, 2014). This show s that women are still far behind men in terms of political advancement and economic progress. Statistics show that worldwide, women are earning between 10% and 30% less than men and that out of the foundered largest corporations in the world, there are only twenties womb en that hold the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Some possible solutions to these pro blue include establishing specific government ministries for women, instituting dedicated courts to deal with domestic violence, increasing the number of women in decommissioning posits ions, and instituting a UN Commission on information and accountability for gender equality (Buck keel, 2014). By implementing such new positions, government institutions, and international positions in the world, women would gain a substantial amount of power and recognition in t he world.
The United States could be the first country to grant such power to women if the E al Rights Amendment was adopted into the Constitution. If the Equal Rights Amendment were passed today, its passage would create e quality of rights for all individuals regardless of their sex. This would mean that men an d women would be treated equally in the court of law as well as in other cases because Section O en of the Equal Rights Amendment states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied d or abridged by the United States or by any state on the basis of sex” (Francis, n. . ). If men an d women were to all have the same rights, this would result in there being less distinction beet en the two sexes. Separate facilities for men and women would most likely be eliminated which would mean that men and women would most likely be forced to integrate and begin to use a s ingle restroom (Napkins, n. D. ). The ratification of an equal rights amendment would also m mean that male specific and female specific institutions, such as schools, would likely be force d to integrate into single institutions (Gray, n. . ). Many Americans are unaware that equal rights between men and women are not enforced by the U. S. Constitution. A proposed solution to secure the equal rights Bette en men and women as written in 1923 in the form of the Equal Rights Amendment by Alice Paul. The Equal Rights Amendment would give men and women equal rights under the law that cool d not be denied by the United States or any state based on the account of sex (Francis, n. D. ).
This would be a major feat for women, not just in the United States, but all over the world because n o such law exists that grants women equal status as men in any country (Buckley, 2014). However re, the Equal Rights Amendment has had a complicated past and has note been ratified because it did not meet the ratification requirements before its ten year ratification deadline WA up. Support and opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment may come from both men and women arguing both sides of the subject of whether or not an Equal Rights A amendment should be amended into our Constitution.
Some reasons men and women may not w ant an equal rights to be amended into the Constitution include women having to be forced into entering a military draft when one is necessary, people of both sexes would be forced to share b tearooms, schools with long histories of being gender based would be forced to integrate, and c impasses would no longer be able to deny service to customers that practice beliefs that are not s ported by their company (Napkins, n. D. ).
Contrary to this, men and women may want an CEQ al rights amendment to be amended into the constitution because both genders could possibly benefit from an equal rights amendment (Gray, n. D. ). For example, men would have it easier in family courts when it comes to trials relating to the issue of child custody and men w loud no longer have to pay higher insurance premiums than women of the same age (Gray, n . D. ). For women, they would finally have undeniable equal rights under the Constitution and w omen will no longer eave to fight political battles for the same rights as men (sledgehammer’s .NET. Erg, n. D. ). Support for the Equal Rights Amendment could potentially come today if Name r;can citizens created awareness that women are not guaranteed equality to men u ender the Constitution and that no law in any country exists that guarantees women that same rights as men. The Equal Rights Amendment should also be supported because, although it is not like y in today’s society, many of the advancements in women’s rights could be reversed since the Con situation does not guarantee that the rights it protects are held equally by men and women.