Meryl Streep has reportedly written a letter to each member of congress urging them to reinstate the now defunct Equal Rights Amendment.
“I am writing to ask you to stand up for equality — for your mother, your daughter, your sister, your wife or yourself – by actively supporting the Equal Rights Amendment,” the 66-year-old actress wrote. “A whole new generation of women and girls are talking about equality — equal pay, equal protection from sexual assault, equal rights.”
In addition to the letter, Meryl also sent a copy of “Equal Means Equal,” a book by ERA Coalition president Jessica Neuwirth.
The amendment was originally instated in 1972, but did not last more than a few years. The original amendment states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”