The Equal Rights Amendment says, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The idea was introduced to public debate in the 1920s and was passed by congress in the early ’70s. But it isn’t an amendment to our constitution because the required 38 states didn’t ratify it. Just 35 did. It remains controversial. Nevertheless, much of its inherent fairness has percolated into American life. Just visit a major medical center and pay attention to the young women who work there. Their competence, intelligence, and professionalism are gifts from God, just as they are. My wife’s primary care physician is a young woman. So are her oncological surgeon, her medical oncologist, her genetic counselor, her radiation oncologist, and her nurses. They work together seamlessly to save my equal partner in life. I thank God for them.
Saving people through young women is nothing new to God. He picked a very special young woman to give birth to his only Son. He didn’t drop baby Jesus on some unsuspecting guy’s doorstep. He delivered him to us all through a virgin meek, mild, and introspective. Blessed is she among young women (Luke 1:42).
My daughters and granddaughters are young women too. I don’t need an amendment to support their right to fulfill their God-given destinies: to learn and grow, to lead and serve, to save something or someone whom God wants saved.