80% of Americans believe women are guaranteed equal rights in the Constitution.
Newsflash. They aren't.
Equal rights amendment
What is the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)?
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
Sounds pretty reasonable, right?
First proposed in Congress in 1923, the ERA is the only way to provide legal equality of the sexes and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. In 1982, it fell three states short of the 38 needed for ratification. It remains the only clear-cut way to protect against all legal gender-based discrimination in the US, and is supported by 94% of Americans (source).
Without the ERA, women are not federally guaranteed basic rights, like:
equal pay / protection against gender-based violence / reproductive health care / bodily safety