SPRINGFIELD – On Monday, the House and Human Services committee will hold a hearing on Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 4 (SJRCA 4), also known as the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The following is a statement on SJRCA 4 from Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin:

“For more than 30 years, the Illinois Education Association has supported the ratification of the Equal Rights Act and we continue to do so to this day. The Amendment simply 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.’ We have 135,000 members who work in schools and institutions of higher learning across this state. A large portion of those members are women. While women have made great strides in the decades since the ERA movement first came to light, the recent spread of the #MeToo movement is a clear indication that there is still work left to do. If Illinois ratifies, we inch one step closer to a world where all are truly equal.”

The hearing is at 10 a.m. at the Michael A. Bilandic Building (160 N. Lasalle St., Chicago) in room C-600 on the 6th floor.


The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.