Nation: Martha Griffiths: Graceful Feminist

EASILY the most persistent feminist in the U.S. Congress, Michigan Democrat Martha Griffiths manages to enjoy the best of both career and wifely worlds. When she returned to her office on the day after her equal rights amendment finally passed the House, she found a dozen yellow roses on her desk and a note from Hicks, her husband of 37 years. "YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN," it read. Moved, Martha smiled and said quietly: "It's nice to know my husband still loves me."

Firm but not fiery on the subject of women's rights, Martha Griffiths is...

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