Can We Pass the Equal Rights Amendment Already? – Desi Lydic Womansplains | The Daily Show
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Can We Pass the Equal Rights Amendment Already? – Desi Lydic Womansplains | The Daily Show


– When it comes to gender equality, America’s ranked 49th in
the world, just below Peru, which means now all those
pictures I took stunting at Machu Picchu just make me sad. So I’m here to do my part
by educating Americans about vital gender topics. This is Desi Lydic Womansplains. The ERA stands for the
equal rights amendment not to be confused with
the ERA in baseball, which I’ve also womansplained. God dammit! So, the equal rights amendment. It was first proposed in the 1920s by the National Woman’s Party. They’re my she-ros. Any time there’s a 1920s themed wedding, I show up dressed as a suffragette. Elizabeth said I pulled
focus but it was worth it. The main goal of the ERA is
to prohibit discrimination and guarantee legal equality of the sexes in the constitution. Because, remember, nothing
in our founding documents specifically protects the rights of women. The founding fathers said
they were gonna add it but then they went out for
cigarettes and never came back. Even the Declaration of Independence says we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, so technically we’re less
than self evident which sucks. They totally left us out. It’s like leaving all the women out of the Hunger Games posters. Now they just look like a JV luge team. And the worst part is, American
never fixed that oversight. So, that’s where the ERA comes in. It would add the language
equality of rights under the law shall not
be denied or abridged by the United States or any
state on account of sex. Which shouldn’t be controversial. It’s like a free duckboat
tour at Disney Land, led by Tom Hanks, everyone
should be on board yet the ERA sat in limbo for 50 years until 1972 when it was finally passed by both houses of congress. We did it! (cheering) Except we didn’t because
amendments need to be ratified by at least 38 states and the
ERA fell three states short after anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly led a conservative backlash against it. She even handed out fresh baked bread and apple pie to get people
to vote against the ERA which is not fair, okay? Because people love equality
but they love carbs more. So in 2019, women are still
not guaranteed equal rights under the constitution. Let me borrow your bat.
Sure. (intense electronic music) But there’s still hope. In 2017, Nevada ratified the ERA, then in 2018 so did Illinois, so now it just needs one more state. Ding. (duck quacks) Dammit, I was hoping that would work. So now there are 13 possible states and two very realistic possibilities include Arizona and Georgia. If you live in one of
those 13 remaining states, call your senators and ask
them to support ratification. Maybe we can even get this ERA passed by its 100th birthday. Then we can throw it a surprise party. We can make it 20s themed. I’ve already got my look picked out. If you also think it’s ridiculous we haven’t fixed this, go
to supermajority.com/cc to find out how you can
be part of the solution and for more on the ERA
and gender equality, be sure to watch Desi Lydic Abroad, Monday May 13th on comedy Central. (upbeat hip hop music)

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