A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 12, 1982

When TIME named American women as Women of the Year for 1975, the story declared: "It was not so much the Year of the Woman as the Year of Women—an immense variety of women altering their lives, entering new fields, functioning with a new sense of identity, integrity and confidence." Two years later, in its cover story on the National Women's Conference in Houston, TIME detected "a new-found confidence ... The women knew that their political skills were on trial, and they passed the test with flying colors." This week, in the aftermath of the defeat of the proposed Equal Rights...

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