HISTORY OF ERA
The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress on March 22, 1972 and it was sent to the states for ratification. In order to be added to the Constitution, it needed approval by legislatures in three-fourths (38) of the 50 states. By 1977, the legislatures of 35 states had approved the amendment.
The 15 states that did not ratify the Equal Rights Amendment before the 1982 deadline (AND MANY STILL PENDING) were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.
MEMORIES OF ERA
I grew up in the 60’s and witnessed the sit-ins, the war protests, and the first Earth day. Women were fighting for rights and burning their bras in protest. We supported the ERA and so hoped for its passage that year, but that did not happen.
I am amazed that many people think it passed back then, but it has not. I turned 18 in 1972 and graduated from high school that year. Ever since that year, I have repeatedly asked women running for Congress if they will carry the torch and move this forward. So far, none of them have. But there are new kids on the block so to speak, and perhaps we can now have hope that we will see this approved soon, or within my lifetime! Now there is hope again! It would mean so much to those who have fought for this for over 50 years!
April 21, 1972
ARIZONA TO RATIFY ERA
Arizona is now in the spotlight and the 38th and decisive state needed to ratify the ERA and put it into the U.S. Constitution once and for all! Events are happening this month.
On March 11, in Phoenix, women will gather for a 38-mile hike to support of passing the ERA. If you wish, you can join in this hike!
On Sunday, March 3, on MSNBC, a show will be on in the evening about this, so please record or watch it live. Encourage your representatives to support it and let’s keep up the fight! It’s well overdue, and it would be extra cool to have it pass 100 years from the passage of voting for (white) women.
HELP THE ERA PASS
Check out these sites to learn more about the ongoing efforts to approve the ERA and who to call to get this done once and for all:
For complete details and more information please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/323158318313894/