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H.J.Res. 56 (113th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women.

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 1, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. J. RES. 56


August 1, 2013

(for herself, Mr. Andrews, Ms. Bass, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Becerra, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mr. Bishop of New York, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Brown of Florida, Mr. Butterfield, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Capuano, Mr. Cárdenas, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Cicilline, Ms. Clarke, Mr. Clay, Mr. Clyburn, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Costa, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Cummings, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Mrs. Davis of California, Mr. DeFazio, Ms. DeGette, Mr. Dent, Mr. Dingell, Ms. Duckworth, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Farr, Mr. Fattah, Mr. Foster, Mr. Frelinghuysen, Ms. Fudge, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Grayson, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Mr. Gutiérrez, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Himes, Mr. Hinojosa, Mr. Israel, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Jeffries, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Keating, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Kildee, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Levin, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Loebsack, Ms. Lofgren, Mrs. Lummis, Mr. Lynch, Ms. McCollum, Mr. McDermott, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Meng, Ms. Moore, Mr. Nadler, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Perlmutter, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Ruiz, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Ms. Linda T. Sánchez of California, Mr. David Scott of Georgia, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, Ms. Shea-Porter, Mr. Sherman, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Ms. Titus, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Van Hollen, Ms. Velázquez, Ms. Waters, Mr. Watt, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Welch, and Ms. Wilson of Florida) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to equal rights for men and women.

That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States:


Women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.


Congress and the several States shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.


This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.