What Killed Equal Rights?

A ten-year struggle teaches American women the art of politics

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

It sounds simple, just and long overdue. But last Wednesday, ten years after it was passed by Congress, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution died, three states shy of the 38 needed for ratification.

The ERA "is dead for now and forever in this century," said a joyous Phyllis Schlafly, the amendment's leading foe, at a press conference in...

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