THE CONGRESS: One Giant Leap For Womankind

It was an idea whose time had been a long season coming. Since 1923, a constitutional amendment proposing equal rights for women had languished in Congress, debated seriously only rarely. But last week, with a disparate array of midwives in attendance, the Equal Rights Amendment passed the Senate, 84 to 8, and was sent to the states for ratification. If approved by three-quarters of the states, it will become the 27th Amendment to the Constitution.

The final push was provided by growing feminist pressure in an election year; more than half of the...

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