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Why Is Meryl Streep Urging Congress to Revive Equal Rights Amendment?

Meryl Streep is among the most high-profile actresses in the world, with a whopping 19 Academy Award nominations.

Streep is now using her global fame and stature to revive the Equal Rights Amendment.

Just this week, she sent a letter to each Congress member urging them to revive a constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for women.

“I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality—for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife, or yourself—by actively supporting the Equal Rights Amendment,” Streep writes. Each packet includes a copy of Equal Means Equal, a book by Jessica Neuwirth, president of the ERA Coalition, wrote U.S. News.

Watch the video, Meryl Streep asks Congress to revive the ERA:


In 1920, just after women were given the right to vote in the U.S., the Equal Rights Amendment was written. From 1923, it was unsuccessfully introduced in every legislative year in Congress, until it was finally passed in 1972.

It was sent to each state for approval, but by 1982, despite an extension of the traditional deadline for ratification, it was three states short of the minimum of 38 needed to add it to the constitution, and the issue stalled. Hold-out states included Arizona, Nevada, and Utah in the west, and a large area of the South and Deep South. Various campaigns to revive the attempt in Congress since 1982 have failed, wrote The Guardian.

Isn’t it time for states to move into the 21st century, and forego their misogynist past attitudes?

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When Wilma isn't eating delicious food, she's scouring the internet, and dreaming of what yummy foods she can make next. One of her dreams would be to eat her way through Italy and Japan, and also see the sights of course. Another passion she has is natural health. When she was young her mother was sick for years. When the doctors finally worked out what was wrong they put her on medication, but it wasn't making her any better. Her parents turned to natural health and changed their health and their lives. Wilma has been researching about natural health since she was 12 and is currently studying nutritional medicine. The most important thing in her life is her two beautiful children and husband. They are blessed with a girl and boy and are living the tropical lifestyle in sunny Queensland, Australia. In her opinion the best state in Australia.

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