Section I of the ERA

By: Wendy Cartwright

Did you know that the Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens without regard to sex? The first — and still the only — right specifically affirmed as equal for women and men is the right to vote.

Section I of the ERA states that:

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.