The battle for the Equal Rights Amendment — a constitutional amendment to guarantee equal treatment based on sex — has been going on for over 100 years. Now that 38 states have ratified the amendment, the ERA is closer than ever, but it’s far from a given. There’s a whole lotta legal wrangling that has to happen first.
I chatted with Linda Coberly, Chicago Office Managing Partner for Winston & Strawn as well as the Chair of the ERA Coalition’s Legal Task Force, about the ongoing fight for the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment. She talks about the recently filed amicus brief in support of the adoption of the ERA, the history of the amendment, why it’s taken so long, how Winston & Strawn got involved in the effort, and about the importance of Biglaw pro bono efforts.
The Jabot podcast is an offshoot of the Above the Law brand focused on the challenges women, people of color, LGBTQIA, and other diverse populations face in the legal industry. Our name comes from none other than the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the jabot (decorative collar) she wears when delivering dissents from the bench. It’s a reminder that even when we aren’t winning, we’re still a powerful force to be reckoned with.
Kathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are the best, so please connect with her. Feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter (@Kathryn1).