- It is essential for Congress to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, authors say
- Women have waited over 200 years for equal rights in the United States, they say
Rep. Ted Lieu represents California's 33rd Congressional district. He is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and president of the Freshman Democrats in Congress. Patricia Arquette is an Academy Award winning actress. The views expressed are their own.
(CNN)One hundred and sixty-eight years ago today, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton spearheaded the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. More than 300 men and women gathered over the course of two days, protesting the mistreatment of women in society and calling for equal treatment under the law. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed 72 years later, guaranteeing a woman's right to vote. And while women have come a long way since the Seneca Falls Convention, their struggle for equal rights continues.