The Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative lobbying group, is one of the most vocal critics of the Equal Rights Amendment in Arizona. A statement from the group called the ERA unnecessary because of protections offered to women elsewhere in the U.S. Constitution, along with state and federal statutes. Briana Johnson with the Center for Arizona Policy spoke to Arizona 360 about the group's opposition.
"It conflates what it means to be same with what it means to be equal," Johnson said. She disputed the argument that the ERA would resolve pay inequity issues between men and women, adding that different career decisions made by each group should also be taken into account.
"Women make a lot of different decisions on education and in training. We typically work fewer hours. And we value a lot of different opportunities like working from home or taking time off over compensation," Johnson said.