ERA Dies

But its backers will try again

The press conference was called to admit defeat, to say that the ten-year drive to win ratification for the Equal Rights Amendment was over. But Eleanor Smeal, president of the National Organization for Women, which led the push for the ERA, still had fire in her eyes, like a boxer who felt robbed by the judges and was demanding a rematch. "It's been a long and tough fight," she said. "The forces against equality are large. But support for the ERA is overwhelming. The campaign is not over....

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