The League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area announced its next event scheduled March 19 will feature Minnesota’s Equal Rights Amendment as the topic.

Betty Folliard, ERA Minnesota founder, will give two presentations at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, room E203.

“Did you know there is not an amendment to either the Minnesota or the U.S. Constitution that states specifically that women and men have equal protection under the law? Seventy-six percent of the population thinks that we already have an Equal Rights Amendment and 94% of the country believes we should,” organizers stated in a news release. “Minnesota was the 26th state to ratify the federal amendment in 1973. Not enough states nationwide have ratified it, so the federal amendment effort died in 1982. Now there is an effort in Congress to remove the deadline to ratify the original ERA, allowing the ratifications of the final three states (Nebraska, Illinois and Virginia) to count and secure the ERA in the U.S. Constitution.”

Folliard, a former three-term state representative, will give an up-to-the-moment presentation on the state of the Equal Rights Amendment that is now getting national attention. This issue just passed through the U.S. House of Representatives. The amendment will play a pivotal part in the upcoming national elections, the news release stated.

This event is free and open to the public and is presented by the League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area and the Brainerd branch of the American Association of University Women.

The League of Women Voters of the Brainerd Lakes Area is a nonpartisan political organization with a 90-year history of educating Minnesota voters. It encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Membership in the league is open to men and women of all ages. Go to lwvmn.org or call 651-224-5445 for more information.