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 Platform. 



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. 


Actively encourage and promote diversity, equity and inclusion in our communities and institutions and actively

oppose all forms of racism and discrimination. 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 firearms. Actively promote full funding for

protection and services for victims and survivors of domestic violence. 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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