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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:00

Meryl Streep could get the Equal Rights Amendment passed, says Michael Moore

Written by MARIANNE GARVEY, BRIAN NIEMIETZ AND OLI COLEMAN WITH RACHEL MARESCA | New York Daily News
Meryl Streep has what it takes to get a constitutional amendment passed, says Michael Moore. Meryl Streep has what it takes to get a constitutional amendment passed, says Michael Moore.

Meryl Streep, political leader? Director Michael Moore suggested onstage at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of his latest movie, “Where to Invade Next,” that the Oscar-winning star of “The Iron Lady” and “Silkwood” could somehow get the dormant Equal Rights Amendment passed.

Streep has been vocal in recent weeks about reenergizing the push for the amendment, which died in the late 1970s, three states short of ratification. It was intended to guarantee equal rights for women.

“Meryl Streep could be (the tipping point),” he said. “Look, the Republicans knew by running Ronald Reagan in 1980 that he could talk to the American people. Here, you could run a beloved person, Streep, who happens to be in the movies but is also smart and has a heart and cares about people. And all she wants is three states, Illinois, Virginia and Florida, the states that rejected the ERA, to pass it, so we could have it now.

“We just need three more, since 35 states approved it, and just write off the 12 that will never allow it.”

Moore added that maybe Streep could use “some of that magic” she learned as the witch in “Into the Woods.”

Link to original article from New York Times

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