Business and Professional WOmen / Pennsylvania



The Equal Rights Amendment

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any

state on account of sex.”

The Equal Rights Amendment, as authored by Alice Paul, shall stand first, foremost and above

all other items which may appear on the Pennsylvania Federation’s Platform until equal rights

for women and men become guaranteed in the United States Constitution, because all statutory

law derives therefrom. BPW/PA members will identify and lobby elected officials and

candidates for public office who support policy and legislation advancing BPW/PA’s Legislative




Actively support pay equity, fair credit, pension reform, and protection of Social Security,

Medicare, and Medicaid. Support affirmative action and equal educational, training and

promotional opportunities. Increase the availability of affordable options for quality elder

dependent and child care.


Actively support legislation that promotes ALL women’s health issues and access to care.

Promote research funding for all female health issues both physical and mental. Promote

reproductive choice and full access to all services. Promote paid sick leave and expanded

Family & Medical Leave. Promote the establishment of a permanent Office of Women’s Health

in Pennsylvania.


To encourage and promote diversity in our membership and in others in our communities and

actively oppose all forms of institutional and individual racism. Actively promote full funding of

the Violence Against Women Act to combat domestic violence and the electronic and physical

stalking of women. Support background checks for gun purchases that prevent domestic

abusers from purchasing and keeping weapons. Actively promote full funding for protection and

services for victims and survivors. Ensure equal funding for female and male participation in

high school and college athletics. Eliminate all form of sexual harassment and discrimination

against women. Support female veteran’s safety and equal treatment while in military service

and in their return to civilian life. Bring ALL laws into conformity with the Equal Rights

Amendment of the Pennsylvania Constitution.




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