Illinois Finally Passes The Equal Rights Amendment

Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, listens to lawmakers during a House Committee hearing regarding state pension legislation at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, listens to lawmakers during a House Committee hearing regarding state pension legislation at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, listens to lawmakers during a House Committee hearing regarding state pension legislation at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Illinois Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, listens to lawmakers during a House Committee hearing regarding state pension legislation at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Illinois Finally Passes The Equal Rights Amendment

Illinois made history Wednesday after lawmakers voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of sex.

The Illinois House approved the amendment 72-45, making Illinois the 37th state to ratify the federal ERA which was first proposed in 1972. The Senate approved it 43-12 in April.

Ratification requires the assent of 38 states, and the move could mean the U.S. is only one state away from a landmark change to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing equal rights for women.

House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) joins the Morning Shift to talk about the ratification of the ERA, which caps off her 40-year legislative career.

“I’m thrilled not just for the women of Illinois — we already have equal rights language in our own constitution — but what about our sisters, our daughters in Alabama, in Mississippi, Missouri, places where they do not have those kinds of protections?” Currie said Thursday morning.

GUEST: Barbara Flynn Currie, Democratic majority leader in the Illinois House

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