New York Representative Carolyn Maloney said Monday that she'll reintroduce a constitutional amendment protecting women from discrimination.
Maloney said she plans to make a major push for Congress to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
She was joined by Congressman Jerrold Nadler and feminist leaders who promise to join the fight to ratify the amendment.
"Throughout the years, law after law, case after case, outrage after outrage, women have had to fight an endless series of isolated battles for the right to be treated equally because women lack the fundamental guarantees of fairness and equality that should be everyone's birthright," said Maloney.
The Equal Rights Amendment would prohibit both the federal government and the states from denying equal rights under the law on account of gender.
First proposed in 1923, it was passed by Congress in the 1970s, but failed to be ratified by the states.
It's been reintroduced in every Congress since 1982.