The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

100 Years to Decide Women Are Equal

Jan 20, 2020

The 38th state, Virginia, just ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. constitution. This amendment, which originally passed the House and Senate in 1920, says rights will not be abridged on account of sex.

But there is a technical problem: If Congress does not change a rule about how long it can take to pass an amendment, Virginia’s vote will not matter. The Equal Rights Amendment will not be added to the Constitution.

Women earn 80% of what men earn. They are subjected to continual sexual harassment, and are denied the right to control their own bodies through direct attack against health care and the right to abortion.

Do we believe that a great advancement will happen now that a 38th state passed an amendment?

Words are cheap. Equality demands a higher price.