Transgender woman holding up ERA family sign

Yes. If we say we value women and we believe in fairness, then we must put all women in our most sacred document, the U.S. Constitution. The 28th Amendment will not make men and women the same as some argue.  It respects that there will be times that we need to treat the sexes differently.  It merely requires that when we do, we have a reasonable and consistent standard for doing so.  Due to recent Supreme Court decisions, passage of the ERA will likely mean that judges would have to apply the highest level of scrutiny in challenges to the many state and federal laws that deny the LGBTQ community equal access to public accommodations, housing, employment, and education, among other things. The Equality Act proposed in Congress will attempt to address some of these issues, but just like The Violence Against Women Act, it will be a law and so it is subject to changes, unlike a Constitutional amendment. Instead of passing piecemeal laws this amendment will ensure that equality of rights under the law extends to all women.  We must learn from our mistakes of the past, where women of color and others were left out of equality efforts, and truly commit to equality for all women.  Of course, we know that the courts will look at when the amendment was written, when it was passed, and current law to understand its implementation.  Once it is signed into law, the 28th Amendment will have two years to determine the particulars of existing law.