The Sexes: The Start of an ERA?

When Congress approved the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution nearly three years ago, it seemed a logical, even perhaps perfunctory capping of women's renewed struggle for equality. The wording could not have been simpler or seemingly less controversial: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied nor abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Within nine months, 22 states had ratified the amendment and the necessary 16 more were expected to do so long before the 1979 deadline. Then in early 1973 various groups...

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