Women flooded the MN capitol on Women's Day asking for an equal rights bill

No, Minnesota doesn't have an equal rights bill. These people want to change that.

On Internatonal Women's Day, thousands of people went to the Minnesota State Capitol asking for equal rights.

More specifically – asking that an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) be added to the Minnesota Constitution.

Currently, the Constitution makes no mention of women (or men, or gender). It does promise not to take away anyone's rights or privileges, though – unless it's part of criminal punishment.

There are actually bills in both the House and the Senate right now in regard to a gender-specific equal rights amendment.

They both would add this to Article I of the Minnesota Constitution: "Equality under the law shall not be abridged or denied on account of gender."

According to the proposals, that amendment should be submitted to the people of Minnesota during the 2018 general election for a vote.

If approved, then the amendment would become effective Jan. 1, 2019.

There's actually not an ERA in the U.S. Constitution either. One was passed by Congress in 1972, but it wasn't approved by enough states to be added to the Constitution. Minnesota was one of the states that approved it, though.

According to the Start Tribune, critics of the bill say they worry it would make women subject to the draft or disrupt gender roles.

What else happened on International Women's Day?

Well, the Women's March – which held those massive rallies after President Trump's inauguration – hosted another event. This one was called Day Without A Woman. The idea was to show the impact women have on America.

The group encouraged women to stay home from work, not shop, and to wear red in solidarity.

Wednesday, there were rallies held in cities across the country.

Around the U.S., some schools even had to close because there weren't enough teachers.

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