Full Inclusion, True Equality, Greater Justice

Policy brief on the equal rights Amendment

In a newly released policy brief, Justice Revival makes a moral and legal case for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), explaining how the reform aligns with central Christian teachings and basic human rights principles. The robustly sourced brief charts the ERA’s promise in stemming widespread abuses against U.S. women and girls – including sexual and domestic violence, female genital mutilation, child marriage, pregnancy and pay discrimination, and human trafficking.

For Faith Leaders

Sign the Interfaith Statement of Support for the ERA

For All of Us

Tell Your Members of Congress, No Time Limit on Equality

What Is the ERA?

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is a constitutional amendment, passed by Congress in 1972 and ratified by 38 states or ¾ of states, which provides:

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

It ensures equality under the law, which is a foundational principle of human rights. It would rectify the intentional exclusion of women from our nation’s founding document. The vast majority of Americans support the ERA, and most believe we’ve already adopted it. The U.S. is one of only 18 nations worldwide that still lacks this type of provision.

“I urge all the people of the country to join me in correcting a basic defect in the American Constitution in providing equal rights for the women of our country.”

—Jimmy Carter, Former U.S. President, Lifelong Baptist, Sunday School Teacher

Inclusion, Equality, & Justice Are Christian Values Reflected in the ERA

Scripture reveals that all human beings are created in God’s image and loved by God, endowing them with sacred dignity and worth.

God calls us, therefore, to treat our neighbor justly and fairly, to love our neighbor as ourselves. In Christ we learn the definition of neighbor has no bounds.

Throughout history, women have been judges, apostles, and witnesses to the resurrected Christ. They have been preachers and mystics, defenders and reformers of the Christian faith. God’s special concern for the widow reminds us that justice must extend to women, too. 

Women and all people, regardless of gender, deserve respect for their basic, inherent human rights, including equality under the law. We worship a Christ who welcomed women and took their concerns seriously; we cannot accept a constitution that excludes women or a system that denies anyone full equality.

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

—Galatians 3:28

“You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor.”

—Leviticus 19:15

“Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”

—Isaiah 1:17

U.S. Women Suffer Grave Injustice—And Our Current System Is Unable to Stop It

The ERA Will Benefit Women, Parents, and Families

The ERA will enable Congress to pass laws addressing pervasive problems like intimate partner violence, workplace sexual harassment, and pregnancy and pay discrimination. It will provide a mandate for laws and policies that support mothers and all parents in combining paid work with family caregiving.

The ERA will also make it harder for the government to discriminate based on gender, applying the same standard that prohibits discrimination based on race or religion. The ERA will guard against discrimination based on pregnancy, childbearing, and parenthood, as well as gender.

In the U.S. and around the world, history has shown that when women’s rights are protected, their children, their families, and all of society benefits.

“Ending sexism and including women fully in every aspect of society not only ends its own great evil—the oppression of women—but also is part of the solution to the rest of the world’s problems.”

The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Capetown

The Interfaith Statement of Support

Justice Revival is working in partnership with faith leaders from diverse religious traditions across the country to call for adoption of the ERA. On February 25, 2021, we released the Interfaith Statement of Support for the ERA, signed by dozens of Protestant, Catholic, and Evangelical leaders, as well as many from other faith traditions.

We invite all fellow faith leaders–of any tradition or leadership role, whether or not formally recognized–to sign on in support. Let’s insist that our lawmakers ensure the ERA is fully integrated into the U.S. Constitution.

"The framers of the Constitution allowed themselves to be held captive to the powerful economic and cultural forces of their time. We must not be captive. Our generation must be the one to enshrine the ERA into our Constitution and continue the labor of birthing a more perfect union."

Valarie Kaur, Founder, Revolutionary Love Project

"This is the 21st century. We know better than this. Women possess every bit of the image of God that men possess. We are equally human and our work is equally valuable. It is time for The U.S. Constitution to agree with God. It is time to pass the ERA."

Lisa Sharon HarperFounder & President, Freedom Road

"I am proud to join this coalition of faith leaders, many of whom I call friends and sisters in the faith, in this renewed call to ratify the ERA. This interfaith, multicultural coalition is shoulder to shoulder in our call for a Constitutional amendment that ensures the full dignity and equality of every person in this country..."

– Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life

"As Christians, we know that every person, regardless of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, and sexual orientation, is made in the image of God and are all created equal by God. Our laws must uphold this truth, which is why it is so imperative to finally ratify the ERA."

– Adam Taylor, President, Sojourners

"I support the ERA because I believe in women, our power and our capacity to do good. Before our constitution was written or ratified, women—from Abigail Adams to Phillis Wheatley—were inspired to advocate for a greater role and voice for themselves in our nation..."

– Kate Kelly, Esq., Founder, Ordain Women & Author of “Ordinary Equality”

Other Ways To Champion the ERA

We believe 2021 is a year of great opportunity for lasting and meaningful change. Champion the ERA today by taking action:

Find out if your legislators support ratification. Encourage your senators to vote in favor of SJ Res 1, which removes the deadline for ratification of the ERA. Learn where your Members of Congress stand here.

Join fellow Christians and the growing interfaith movement for the Equal Rights Amendment, a basic human rights reform that ensures full equality for women—and for all people—under the U.S. Constitution.

Learn more about the ERA


In the Name of Liberty For All, Basic Human Rights for Women Must Be Protected
The Columbus Dispatch
By Tarunjit Singh Butalia, Allyson McKinney Timm and Rev. Jack Sullivan, Jr.
July 6, 2021

Will the Equal Rights Amendment Threaten Religious Liberty?
By Rose Marie Berger, by Allyson McKinney Timm Paola Fuentes Gleghorn
June 28, 2021

This Mother’s Day, Let’s Work to Change the Constitution
By Paola Fuentes Gleghorn
May 6, 2021

If We are Equal Before God, We Must be Equal Before the State
By Allyson McKinney Timm
March 18, 2021

Will the U.S. Finally Approve the ERA?
By Paola Fuentes Gleghorn and Jeff Fuentes Gleghorn
January 2021

Justice Revival and Union Theological Seminary Stand with Coalition Pressing Case for Equal Rights
By Kimberley Gordy
July 7, 2020

From Tragedy to Triumph: Courageous Survivors and the Quest for Justice
By Allyson McKinney Timm
October 30, 2019


Podcast Interviews

Kitchen Table Convo: The Equal Rights Amendment
With Lisa Sharon Harper on Instagram Live
May 7, 2021

The Equal Rights Amendment
Freedom Road Podcast
May 7, 2021

It’s 2020 and the Equal Rights Amendment Still Hasn’t Passed
Faith and Feminism
October 13, 2020

It’s 2019: Why Are Women Still Not Protected by the U.S. Constitution?
Faith and Feminism
October 29, 2019

In Acknowledgement

Justice Revival would like to express our sincere gratitude to Debbie McLeod and the Grant Me The Wisdom Foundation of Houston, Texas for generously supporting our work to advance the ERA. We’re also deeply grateful for our outstanding partners, Freedom Road, Religions for Peace USA, Sojourners, Muslims for Progressive Values, WATER (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual), Loretto Community, The Revolutionary Love Project, Unitarian Universalist Association, Ohio Council of Churches, and Faith in Public Life Ohio in this interfaith campaign for the ERA!