Alyssa Milano says Ford could have been helped by Equal Rights Amendment
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Actress and activist Alyssa Milano called on states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment following the successful confirmation of Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughDemocrats Manchin, Jones signal they're undecided on Trump removal vote Collins walks impeachment tightrope Supreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools MORE to the Supreme Court last weekend.

In an interview with USA Today, Milano said that such an amendment could have helped Christine Blasey Ford, one of three women who came forward with allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh in the final weeks of his nomination battle.


“I will say that it is time that sexual assault victims that come forward to have the complete legal support of our Supreme Court,” Milano told the newspaper. “Maybe the most important thing that we can do post the #MeToo era … is give women equal rights under our Constitution.”

An Equal Rights Amendment, which would guarantee equal protections for women if ratified, has been passed by nearly three-quarters of the states over the past several decades, but faces legal hurdles to becoming part of the Constitution.

Milano added in the interview that expanding protections for women would end the perspective that women are "lesser" than men in the United States.

“When we are not in the Constitution for any protections except for the right to vote, I think that it allows for a perspective of ‘lesser than,’ ” Milano said.

“It will just put women on an equal footing in the legal system, particularly in areas where women have historically been treated like second-class citizens, especially in cases of domestic violence and sexual assault," she added.

It was unclear exactly what in the amendment's text would have specifically applied to Ford's allegations, which surfaced decades after her assault at Kavanaugh's hands is alleged to have happened. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations from Ford and two other women.

Milano was present for Kavanaugh's and Ford's emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month on Capitol Hill, and wrote in an op-ed for Variety after the judge's confirmation that the issue would galvanize women voters in future elections.

“Kavanaugh may sit on the bench, but women are in the game to play,” she said, adding: “In 2018, the lasting legacy of these two men will be this: a nation of engaged, voting, empowered and elected women who will shape policy in spite of these two men and the 11 Republican white men on the Judiciary Committee.”