In a new interview with feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Meghan Markle reveals that she and her husband, Prince Harry, reacted last week to the news that the Supreme Court was taking away women’s constitutional rights in Roe v. Voted to reverse Wade. Abortion and leaving millions of women in America without control over their reproductive options.
The US-born Duchess of Sussex said in a joint interview with Steinem for Vogue: “I know there is a sense of hopelessness for a lot of women right now.” “But then, we have to band together and not wallow. We have to work.”
From their home in California, Meghan was immediately reunited with her friend, Steinem, she told Vogue, and the two agreed it was time to kick start a campaign in high gear that they say they’ll be in for months. Are drawn from: Finally the Rights to Receive Amendment (ERA) added to the US Constitution.
The former TV actress said, “Staying home, feeling energized and inspired by what’s happening in our country, if this is the kind of legislation that we need to pursue, then this is a moment that needs to be taken care of. I’m just going to show up.” and a former executive member of the British Royal Family. “Not just because we need it as women, but we need it as people.”
“The ERA has been approved by the requisite number of states and we must put pressure on the White House and Congress to implement it,” Steinem said.
Meghan replied, “Well, Gloria, maybe it looks like you and I are going to visit DC soon.”
The prospect of Meghan jumping into such a historic moment in American culture and politics would undoubtedly be controversial, given that members of the British royal family are expected to remain neutral on politics. However, she and Harry have felt much more free to weigh in on political issues as they step away from the royal family full-time and move to California in 2020. Fans of the Duchess, as well as many staunch supporters, may hail her work on the ERA, women’s equality and reproductive rights as not just political issues but human rights issues.
Efforts to include women’s equality in the Constitution go back more than a century, after women were granted the right to vote in 1920. Fast forward more than 50 years after Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment. An amendment passed in 1972 stated that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of sex.”
As Time reports, Congress set a seven-year deadline for three-quarters of the states to ratify it so that it can be added to the Constitution. The ratification deadline was extended by three years from 1979 to 1982. But when that deadline came, only 35 states had passed the amendment, and anti-feminists like Phyllis Schlafly declared victory.
In recent years, advocacy groups helped to renew public interest in the amendment, and three more states ratified it: Nevada, Illinois and Virginia. Congress held its first hearing on ratification of the amendment in 2019, and as reported by Time, there may be no legal basis for enforcing the deadline Congress set 40 years ago.
Linda Koberly, an attorney and chair of the ERA Coalition’s legal task force, told TIME that the constitution does not set a time limit for ratification of amendments. “It would be unprecedented in our history for Congress to have a joint resolution deadline stand in the way of the effectiveness of an amendment approved by three-quarters of the states,” Coberly said.
In an interview with Vogue, Steinem, a longtime advocate for the enactment, agreed with Koberly’s assessment, saying, “All required states ratify[ERA]and it only needs approval in Congress. So if If the President makes it a priority, it can happen. It means we will be in a position to be inclusive like every other democracy in the world.
Presumably, this is where Meghan will come in: lobbying Congress and President Biden to ratify the ERA in Washington DC. Meghan added that it is “absolutely absurd that we are still fighting for it. … I think now is probably more time than ever.”
Steinem believes Meghan and Harry’s involvement in this cause could be significant given their global profile.
“It’s very, very, very important,” Steinem said. “We trust them and nothing replaces trust with nothing. It is the most important quality or attribute. We can see things on television and can’t believe or trust them But when people like these two tell us, we trust him.
Steinem’s view of the widely admired Sussexes in the United States is debatable. He has alienated people at the conservative end of the political spectrum, who see him as “wake” and entitled to dilettantes, or worse. Even those willing to back their cause are beginning to wonder whether they have the potential to deliver on their promises. Meghan also faced criticism for using her title Duchess of Sussex after she wrote a letter to top congressional leaders last year advocating for paid family leave in the United States.
As Meghan told Vogue, however, she, like other women, personally spoke to Roe v. Supreme Court’s decision on Wade.
“I know how it feels to relate to what’s going on inside your body,” Meghan said, referring to being pregnant with her two children, Archie, 3, and Lillibet, 1. “What happens to our bodies” is so deeply personal, it can lead to silence and stigma, even as many of us deal with a personal health crisis. I know what an abortion feels like, which I’ve talked about publicly. The more we normalize conversations about things that affect our lives and bodies, the more people are going to understand how important it is to have security. ,