SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Equal Rights Amendment Coalition is launching a new plan to get their voices heard and secure equal rights for both sexes in 2021.
The new campaign is in response to the Utah legislature’s holding ofHJR 007. The ERA says now is the time to stand up for what is right.
“Today we call and legislators to do the right thing and hear our bill,” said Kelly Whited Jones, the co-chair of the ERA Coalition.
The ERA says the campaign includes getting candidates who are pro ERA in the legislature to support policy that elevates the status of women in Utah, and removing the national deadline on the Equal Rights Amendment.
“We have to support this, there’s a call deep inside that speaks truth that women must be equitably present in policy, in law and ultimately in the constitution,” said Emily McCormick, the co-chair of the ERA Coalition.
The coalition says despite 70 percent of Utahns supporting HJR 007, or a joint resolution to ratify the equal rights amendment, legislators have denied taking action on it for the last three years.
“With eight days left in this session, we call on the house and senate leaders to reconsider their death by an action in regard to our bill HJR 007 stop sitting on our equal rights, be good for women,” said Whited Jones.
The 2021 plan will encourage Utahans to participate in local elections by voting for people who support the ERA.