As a college student in 1992 I campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment and nearly 30 years later it is outrageous that it is still an open question whether women should be recognized as equal to men under our Constitution. I know that federal law can be used as a tool for positive social change if we elect people of courage and vision who have the will to advocate for the fair and equitable treatment of all people.

Landmark Voting Rights, Civil Rights and Equal Pay legislation in the 1960s was intended to eliminate discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion and national origin as well as end segregation and remove barriers to voting, but we still suffer from grave injustices in our country from institutional racism to sexual harassment. We must preserve the civil rights so many fought for and work for the day when every member of our society is treated with respect and dignity regardless of what they look like, where they are from, who they love or what they believe.