Congressman Al Green Serves as an Original Cosponsor of Landmark Legislation to Add ERA to the Constitution

Mar 17, 2021

(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, March 17, 2021 Congressman Al Green released the following statement in support of the effort to add the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the Constitution:          

“It brings me great joy to serve as an original cosponsor of legislation to facilitate the addition of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the United States Constitution,” stated Congressman Al Green. The Houston-area Congressman, who is known for his advocacy of equal rights for all, continued, “I often refer to myself as a liberated Democrat, unbought and unbossed in the spirit of Shirley Chisholm, who was a truly legendary Member of Congress, one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and a 1972 Democratic presidential candidate. The New York Congresswoman was unwavering in her pursuit of change and equality, evidenced by her own shattering of glass ceilings as an African-American woman as well as her unrelenting support of the ERA.”

“On August 10, 1970, Congresswoman Chisholm gave a moving floor speech expressing her support of the ERA, in which she stated: ‘Artificial distinctions between persons must be wiped out of law…It is time to sweep away these relics of the past and set further generations free of them.’ More than 50 years later, her words reverberate in my mind as we approach this seminal moment in time. In taking up this legislation to add the ERA to the Constitution after a decades-long fight, we have the opportunity to give the women of America what they are long overdue, and what better time to do that than during Women’s History Month.”

Congressman Green concluded, saying, “As I cast my vote to remove the arbitrary time limit that currently prevents the ERA from being added to the Constitution, I do so with Shirley Chisholm – in all her unbought and unbossed glory – at the forefront of my mind. We cannot allow one more generation of women to suffer from the unfounded distinctions between sexes the ERA would protect against.”