February 28, 2023

Congresswoman Bush Submits Testimony for Senate Judiciary Hearing on ERA


Washington D.C. (Feb. 28, 2022) — Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) submitted a written statement for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), titled “The Equal Rights Amendment: How Congress Can Recognize Ratification and Enshrine Equality in Our Constitution.” The Congresswoman’s statement highlights the often uncredited role that Black women have played throughout the history of the ERA and brings a focus to the specific impact that the ERA would have on protecting both abortion and trans rights. 

“When a problem starts at the root, the solution has to be a foundational fix. And, the discrimination all women and gender expansive folks face in this country starts with our exclusion from our own constitution. Domestic violence is an epidemic. Abortion bans are sweeping the nation. Black trans women and our queer siblings are being targeted by violence. We need the ERA to protect us. To keep us safe, not 100 years ago, but now,” wrote Congresswoman Bush in her statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Read the full statement HERE.

This hearing comes after Congresswoman Bush, alongside advocates, pushed for the Equal Rights Amendment to be taken up for consideration this past December.