Equal Rights Between Men and Women in the United States Michael Loiseau
Prairie View High School
Many Americans are not aware that men and women are not guaranteed equality of the rights under the Constitution. However, with the way American society functions today, a guaranteed equality of rights under the Constitution may not be necessary. The question then comes up of whether or not an Equal Rights Amendment is really something that we need ratified in our Constitution. Support of the Equal Rights Amendment can be seen as a waste of time and as something that is just being made to keep people busy because many people believe that men and women already live equally. However, it can also be seen as action that must be taken to protect the advancements that women have made over the years as they have attained more liberty in society. The following questions are samples of questions that can be asked regarding the topic at hand. Do men and women have equal rights in the United States according to the Constitution? How can equal rights between men and women be achieved and guaranteed in today’s society? What effects would an Equal Rights Amendment have on society? Who would benefit from an Equal Rights Amendment? How does the United States compare to other countries when it comes to the issue of equal rights?
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It has been over twohundred years since the founding of the United States of America and the signing of the U.S Constitution, and to this day men and women have still not been guaranteed undeniable, equal rights under the law. After all these years and the advancements that the United States has made, equal rights between men and women would be expected in the modern day and age. Due to the fact that equal rights are still not protected under the law, men and women have been pushing for the Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, in order to eliminate the inequity that still exists in the United States. Many people may see the Equal Rights Amendment as an amendment that would only benefit women, however men would strongly benefit from the Equal Rights Amendment as well. The ratification of an equal rights amendment will provide men and women an opportunity to be seen as equals, however equality under the law may come with destroying the distinction between men and women. Family law would be largely impacted if an equal rights amendment were passed. The passage of the Equal Rights Amendment is needed in the United States in order to create more consistent law enforcement in cases where gender would usually impact the outcome of a court case. A couple subjects of family courts that would be directly affected by the Equal Rights Amendment include child custody and paternity suits. According to Gray (n.d.), men trying to obtain child custody of their children in cases of divorce or unwed pregnancies would have a greater chance of obtaining some sort of custody because the Equal Rights Amendment would clarify law in family courts and eliminate sexrole stereotypes that are still used in society today. Along with this, unwed fathers that do not wish to be a father would be granted the choice to not take on fatherhood, by making it illegal for states to impose fatherhood on men just as states have made it illegal to impose motherhood on women through the Supreme Court ruling of Roe
The Equal Rights Amendment would also grant women further legal protection under the U.S. Constitution. Women currently do not have the same guaranteed rights as men in the Constitution and are therefore not always seen as equals. An example of this is the pay gap between men and women in the workplace. Women still generally make less than men and this could be traced back to the fact that there is no clear law that clarifies sex discrimination. ...
References: from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/10/equalrightsamendment_n_5666080.html
Dan Buckley (Oct. 8, 2014),
“The Constitution of the United States,” (July 9, 1868), Amendment 14.
“The Constitution of the United States,” (August 18, 1920), Amendment 19.
The Equal Rights Amendment,
Vivien Labaton, (Jul. 25, 2014),
Five Myths About the Gender Pay Gap,
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