Rep. Butler pushes for companion bill to ratify Equal Rights Amendment

Rep. Butler pushes for companion bill to ratify Equal Rights Amendment
Representative Deb Butler said Wilmington needs to take a close look at how National Gypsum's formaldehyde emissions would affect the area. (Source: WECT)

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Deb Butler was entering the fifth grade when the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress in 1972.

Forty-five years later, she's pushing to rewrite history while making history at the same time.

Butler (D-New Hanover County) is one of the primary sponsors of a companion bill to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. If the North Carolina General Assembly votes to ratify the ERA, NC would become the deciding state in changing the U.S. Constitution.

Thirty-eight states are needed to guarantee women in the United States full protection under the Constitution. Illinois became the 37th state last month to ratify the ERA.

[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]Butler spoke in Raleigh Wednesday to the member organizations of the ERA Alliance.

"I believe the time for the passage of the ERA is upon us," Butler said. "It is supported by the majority of Americans and women, in particular, are more engaged in the political process than I can ever remember. It is being said that this is the year of the woman."

There have been efforts to ratify the ERA with bills introduced in the 2015-2016 and 2017-2018 sessions.

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