Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 2/4/13: The Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which sought to guarantee equal rights for women, was originally introduced in Congress in 1923 but not submitted for ratification until 1972. It was ultimately ratified by 35 states (although some of these later rescinded their ratifications) before its deadline for expiry in 1982. Twenty-one state constitutions contain versions of the ERA.


Ian’s Legal Fact of the Week 2/4/13: The Equal Rights Amendment — 3 Comments

  1. I guess this is a sensitive topic everywhere. It leads me to think that equal rights for women under the US constitution is only a matter of courtesy.

    • hi Nadine– some scholars have argued that the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution renders the ERA unnecessary. However, there is obviously still progress to be made in terms of getting rid of the ‘glass ceilings’ in some industries, pay equity issues, disadvantages to women with respect to their primary role as caregivers to children, etc. Thank you for posting!

  2. I am admiring the dedication you put into your blog and detailed information you provide. It’s good to come across a blog that isn’t the same rehashed information. Wonderful read, so thanks! DAS

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