/ Modified feb 11, 2019 8:56 a.m.

State Senator Hopeful Arizona Will Ratify Equal Rights Amendment

A discussion with Democratic state Sen. Victoria Steele.

Arizona 360 explores the latest push at the Arizona Legislature to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Congress approved the ERA nearly 50 years ago. It would guarantee protection from discrimination based on sex. Arizona could be the 38th state to ratify the ERA, which would push it at the necessary threshold to get it into the U.S. Constitution. Democratic state Sen. Victoria Steele discussed her support for the amendment and why she is optimistic about a concurrent resolution in the Arizona Senate that would ratify the ERA.

"I think the time is right and it's been long enough," Steele said. "If we do this, this goes down in the history books, Arizona goes down in the history books."

Steele said the ERA would help resolve pay inequity issues between men and women.

"If someone feels that they have been discriminated against, they'll be able to go to a court and know that they will be treated equally," Steele said.

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