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Meryl Streep Sends Letter to Congress Pushing Equal Rights Amendment

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 02:25 PM

Meryl Streep wrote to every member of Congress this week and called for a revival of the Equal Rights Amendment, which Congress passed in 1972 but never obtained enough state support to ratify.

“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,” Streep wrote in a letter that was sent to Congress members along with a copy of "Equal Means Equal," a book by ERA Coalition president Jessica Neuwirth, according to Vanity Fair.

“A whole new generation of women and girls are talking about equality — equal pay, equal protection from sexual assault, equal rights,” Streep maintained in all 535 of her letters.

Congress has seldom discussed the Equal Rights Amendment since 1982, when the ratification process was abandoned after it failed to garner the necessary three-quarters approval. If reconsidered and passed, the amendment would guarantee that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

The three-time Academy Award winner has proven herself to be an avid supporter of equal rights over the past year. Streep evoked a favorable social media response when she gave Patricia Arquette a standing ovation after her equality speech at this year’s Oscars, NJ.com noted.

After the awards show, Piers Morgan tweeted his support for Streep.



Using her own money, the "Suffragette" star plans to open a screenwriting lab for women over 40 years old. She hopes that providing screenwriting opportunities for women will help Hollywood deviate away from the predominantly male movie-making sectors who work behind the camera, according to Vanity Fair.

In a conversation with first lady Michelle Obama earlier this month, Streep emphasized the importance of her cause, saying that “the challenge for our girls, I think, is dealing with that resistance."

“How can we lift and defuse it, how do we make it so our equality is not so threatening?” Streep continued, according to More Magazine.

"We’re viewed as equals — but we’re still not there yet," lamented Streep.

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