Here’s where you can buy the “Equal Rights Now” tee you’ve seen almost every celebrity wearing
If you’ve been on Instagram at all since November, then you’ve probably noticed a resurgence in politically-charged tees. Tees have always been loud statement-makers, especially in a political context. How clothing is made, what it means in relation to the zeitgeist, and what it represents are all inherently political, even though it may not always be obvious. And in case you’re looking to wear your woke-ness on your sleeve with a shirt, then you may want to grab this “Equal Rights Now” tee featuring iconic feminists Dorothy Pitman Hughes and Gloria Steinem.
The photo on this shirt, which first appeared in a 1971 issue of Esquire magazine, features Gloria and Dorothy with their fists up. It’s a stern and timeless testament to everything the women’s empowerment movement stands for: Intersectional equality on every front. Now, the famed photo is getting a DIY makeover on this shirt and furthering the demand for equal rights for all.
The tee supports the ERA Coalition, or the Equal Rights Amendment coalition, and is a collaborative project created by Gloria and Dorothy alongside the coalition.
Giving some background on the amendment, Represent states,
"Starting in 1923 the Equal Rights Amendment guaranteeing equality under the constitution for women and girls was introduced in every session of Congress. In 1972 it finally passed the House and the Senate but was not ratified by the required number of states to become a constitutional amendment. By the 1982 deadline it fell just three states short of ratification and did NOT become the law of the land. In 2017, nearly 50 years later, women still do not have full constitutional equality with men (it’s hard to believe!). As Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once famously said, 'Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.'
The ERA still hasn’t been passed, and the goal of this shirt is to help promote awareness so that it can finally be adopted. And for $24.99, you know your money is going to a good cause while also helping you spread the word about the importance of this amendment.
Since all your favorite celebrities are wearing this shirt, from Chelsea Handler to Jane Fonda, this is a club you’ll want to join. ASAP.
The shirts start shipping on August 25th, so prepare your bodies. You’ll be able to wear these sooner than you think.