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This discussion will give students the opportunity to debate whether the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the U.S. Constitution.
Before making your initial post, read Chapter 2 in Women’s Rights in the U.S.A. and watch the video from the National Constitution Center. It features two excellent scholars, constitutional law expert Cary Franklin, and American legal history professor Serena Mayeri.
I hope that you enjoy the video as much as I do. [Note: This video was made in 2015. You will see both scholars make reference to same sex marriage and also Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (the provision that prohibits sex discrimination in employment). Since this video was made, the Supreme Court has ruled that denying same sex couple the right to marry is unconstitutional (Obergefell v. Hodges 2015). Furthermore, this summer the Court expanded the meaning of the word ‘sex’ in Title VII to include sexual orientation and gender identity, meaning employers cannot fire someone for being gay, lesbian, or trans. (Bostock v. Clayton County, 2020)] SHOW LESS
Questions: Initial post
1. First, provide a general reaction to the discussion between the two scholars and the facilitator of the panel. Some points to consider–What did you learn from the video? Of what you learned, what did you find to be particularly surprising or fascinating? Would you recommend this video to others?
2. The video offers reasons for why there is no need to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. Describe these reasons. Of these, which did you find most persuasive or interesting?
3. The video also offers reasons for why there is a need to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. Describe these reasons. Of these, which did you find most persuasive or interesting?
4. Where do you stand? Do you think the Equal Rights Amendment should be added to the Constitution? Explain your answer. Did your perspective change after watching the video? Explain your answer.