June 10, 2019
John Oliver tackled women's rights and the Equal Rights Amendment in Sunday night's episode of "Last Week Tonight."
The host has this crazy, radical idea that the United States should finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, officially making it part of the Constitution – never mind that 80 percent of Americans think it already exists as law.
The idea behind the amendment dates back to 1923, and since the proposed ERA amendment passed in Congress in 1972, 37 states have ratified it. And, Oliver points out, the proposed 27th Amendment only needs one more state for ratification. The ERA received a lot of support but lost steam, thanks in part, Oliver said, to anti-ERA activist, Phyllis Schlafly, whom he described as a "pre-internet internet troll."
While Congress has passed gender equality laws, Oliver noted these laws can be overturned and a constitutional amendment, like the ERA, would be more stable. Oliver joked, "Constitutional amendments are safe from Donald Trump – unlike Melania's hopes and dreams and any American flag he gets close to."