By Heather Saul
Wednesday 24 June 2015
Meryl Streep has continued her battle towards achieving equal rights for women by writing a letter to every single member of Congress and demanding they “stand up for equality”.
The Oscar-winning actress’ letter urged Congress to revive the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) which was written in 1920, passed by Congress in 1972 and ratified by 35 states. However, it fell short of the 38 needed in order for it to be enshrined in the Constitution and has lain dormant ever since.
States that did not ratify the ERA in included Arizona, Utah and heavily conservative areas of the south.
The proposed amendment states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”