No, ERA would not hurt women
Apr 28, 2018 1:00 AM -
Let's start by actually looking at the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. Section 1 says "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." The Constitution involves the relationship between the government and the people. It does not affect relationships between citizens. It would not mean the end of alimony or child support, because those involve a contract between people. Similarly, because an insurance company is not a government entity, passage would not have an impact on insurance rates, on the disparity between what dry cleaners charge for women's vs men's clothing or on employers paying women less than men.