If you were watching Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in February, you saw feminists in Congress, including New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, upping the visibility of the cause. Wearing white in a callback to the suffragettes’ uniform, representatives and senators posed for news cameras, sporting “ERA YES” buttons.
But the states that haven’t ratified the ERA even after the country has seen unisex bathrooms, gay marriage and women in the military may be the toughest nuts to crack, Jagger says. “Now we have the Confederate states, which is more challenging,” she points out.
“As far as Playboy’s readers, the more men get involved, the better,” she says, “because so many of these lawmakers are men, and if they’ve been raised to think that sexism is acceptable, they’re more likely to listen to a man.”
All the same, after 2018, which saw the most female representatives ever sent to the House, supporters won’t have to talk only to the men.
“Women are not going to just sit back and look pretty,” Hilton told Playboy at the launch party.
“This has been a huge year for women, and we’re not stopping.”
Earlier that night Lisa Fischer had sung, “It’s just a kiss away.” The movement’s mantra now could well be “It’s just a state away.”
“Once an amendment passes 38 states, it immediately becomes an amendment to the Constitution—no individual needs to sign off on it,” Jagger emphasizes.
“It’s up to the people.”