Illinois Federation of Business Women's Clubs, Inc.

Equal Rights Amendment


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There are two bills one in the Senate and one in the House.  Bill number is SJRCA4 provides for the ratification of the proposed equal rights amendment to the United States Constitution.  House Bill number HB2462 amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003. Prohibits an employer from: (i) screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history, (ii) requiring that an applicant's prior wages satisfy minimum or maximum criteria, and (iii) requesting or requiring as a condition of being interviewed or as a condition of continuing to be considered for an offer of employment that an applicant disclose prior wages or salary. Prohibits an employer from seeking the salary, including benefits or other compensation or salary history, of a job applicant from any current or former employer. Limits defenses. Provides for penalties and injunctive relief.

Contact your representative today and let them know your view on the subjects.  Click on to find your representatives and contact information.  Email, phone, visit them in their office, and/or sent them a letter today!!

ERA Yesterday and Today

Illinois Issues: ERA — Yesterday And 

Today By RACHEL OTWELL  AUG 3, 2017

Click  ERA Yesterday and Today to read the article.

Books on the update of ERA:  Equal Means Equal

Documentary on ERA:  Equal Means Equal

All individuals interested in seeing equal rights for women becoming a part of the U.S. Constitution must contact their elected representatives to Illinois or Washington and press this issue.  Without voter contact, these elected officials will NOT do anything to further our issue.

You can verify pending bills by visiting the Thomas site at:  or the Illinois legislative site at:  Search for equal rights and new bills will be shown.

You also need to ask any new candidates running for office if they support ERA being added to the U.S. Constitution and if not, why not.  In order to ensure you have the information you need to discuss this issue with your elected or hope to be elected individuals, we are making the following documents available on this site for your download and use.

ERA Factsheet

Equal Rights Survey Summary

Legal Basis of the 3 State Strategy

ERA Update

Scripts to Encourage Illinois Federal Representatives to Sponsor and Vote for ERA

Federal telephone script and letter for ERA.pdf

Federal telephone script and letter for ERA.docx

There are currently two federal bills we should be pushing regarding ERA. S.J.Res15 and H.J.Res 51 are identical bills which eliminate the time limit for ratification of the equal rights amendment.  The senate bill is cosponsored by both of Illinois senators Durbin and Kirk and was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  The house bill is cosponsored by 111 representatives, unfortunately all DEMOCRATS but of those only 7 of the Illinois representatives.  As of June 16th, Illinois Representatives cosponsoring the house bill are Bustos, Foster, Gutierrez, Kelly, Quiqley, Rush and Schakowsky.  The house bill (as of 6/1/15) was referred to the Committee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

During the coming weeks, it is imperative that we write letters to the editors of all major papers in Illinois with this information and urge our elected representatives to sign onto this house bill and to move it forward.   It is necessary that we educate all our local area citizens regarding these bills and have them contact their elected reps to encourage passage as well.  Only when we make enough noise to get their attention, will this issue be moved forward.

Equal Rights for all is NOT a women’s issue; it is a FAMILY Issue!  Similarly, the issue is not a democratic or republican issue either despite the fact that only 1 U.S. senator (Kirk) has signed on to support the issue and not one of the many republican representatives have.

 Our elected officials need to hear not only from the females they are obligated to represent but from the many males who also feel it is time for this issue to be completed.  Encourage direct contact with all federally elected Illinois senators and representatives asking them to support these bills and to vote them into being this session. 

There has been no movement in the Illinois house or senate and there will NOT be until enough individuals contact their elected officials and encourage them to support this issue.  Once that has occurred, Representative Lang will once again introduce a bill to have it passed in Illinois.  Ladies, this issue is the most important plank of our legislative platform and should receive your utmost attention to have it passed so we can drop it from a platform which has been the same for far too long.

To contact the Illinois State Representatives and encourage them to vote yes in Springfield use these templates:

Federal telephone script and letter for ERA.pdf

Federal telephone script and letter for ERA.docx

Tina Klein

IFBW ERA Representative

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