Don't Expect AZ To Tip Equal Rights Amendment In Women's Direction

By Holliday Moore
Howard Fischer
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:06am
Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:07am

Arizona remains among 15 states yet to ratify equal rights for all citizens, including women.

Of those states, only one needs to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to round out the 3/4 vote needed to add it to the U.S. Constitution.

Despite reinvigorated interest this year, Gov. Doug Ducey said he does not believe Arizona needs to be the 38th state.

Instead, he said he chooses to stay focused on opportunities for all Arizonans.

"I think if you look at the employment numbers, if you look at the number of legislators we have by percentage, the number of governors we've had across the country, the success in income growth across all spectrums inside the economy and our population, you'd see positive trends,” Ducey insisted.

The most recent report by the National Conference of State Legislators backed his point. 

On average, 25-percent of the state legislative seats are held by women across the country, while 40-percent of those seats in Arizona’s legislative chambers are held by women.

Several other reports, analyzing gender pay, show Arizona is 19th in the country.

According to a study released in April by the American Association of University Women, Arizona women are still paid less than men at on average 82 cents to each man’s earned dollar.

While the governor does not have the sole authority to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, he does have the power to call for a special session to have Arizona lawmakers vote on it.

When asked by Capitol Media Services whether he would call a special session, he said, "I'm going to stay focused on the state of Arizona and moving Arizona forward and making sure it stays the place of opportunity that it is today.''

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