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Will Utah Be The 38th State to Ratify the ERA?

Protestors gathering for the Salt Lake City Women's March in 2017.
Erik Neumann

The Equal Rights Amendment was meant to guarantee protection to women. After Congress passed it 1972, the states failed to ratify it. Now the ERA needs one more state to become law. Could it be Utah?

RadioWest divider.

If you think the U.S. Constitution guarantees equal rights to women, think again. The Constitution doesn’t even mention women. The Equal Rights Amendment was supposed to fix all that. But after Congress passed the ERA in the early 70s, it fell short of the 38 states needed for ratification. And the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints played a huge role in stymieing the amendment. Today, the ERA needs just one more state to become the law of the land. Could Utah be that 38th state?  


  • Neil J. Young is an independent scholar and the author of We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics.
  • Kate Kelly is an attorney working with the group Equality Now to see the ERA fully ratified.
  • Sara Vranes is a midwife and an activist. She's also co-director of Mormons for ERA.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.