Equal Rights Amendment
laser cut watercolor paintings ©2019
According to the ERA Coalition 80% of Americans think the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is part of the constitution, but it is not. The ERA was passed by the U.S. Senate and then the House of Representatives on March 22, 1972. In order for the Amendment to legitimately become part of the US Constitution it must to be ratified by 38 states. After 47 years it has only been ratified by 37 states.
The ERA is laser cut throughout these three watercolor paintings. Two of the images are of a woman holding up her child. The blank spaces indicate the states that did not ratify the amendment. The missing states are cut across the woman’s arms signifying a threat to the woman’s ability to support her child, i.e., our future generations. The third painting is of a couple holding up their three children demonstrating the ideal in which men and women equally support their children and future generations.