Meryl Streep has potentially made big strides toward gender equality in America this week. Having always been an open advocate for closing the gender gap, Streep took things one step further and wrote a letter to each member of Congress requesting the revival of the Equal Rights Amendment. The 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.” In 1972, Congress passed the amendment, but it was ratified by only 35 states — three shy of the 38 needed for addition to the Constitution. The ERA has since remained on the back burner, despite several attempts to revive it. Streep pointed out that now is the time to return to the discussion as “a whole new generation of women and girls are talking about equality — equal pay, equal protection from sexual assault, equal rights.” Meryl Streep is among many other Hollywood actors who frequently speak out against the wage disparities between the two sexes. In urging Congress to “stand up for equality,” we hope the actress’ letter will have an impact.
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