Equal Rights Amendment

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Equal Rights Amendment:

see civil rightscivil rights,
rights that a nation's inhabitants enjoy by law. The term is broader than "political rights," which refer only to rights devolving from the franchise and are held usually only by a citizen, and unlike "natural rights," civil rights have a legal as well as a
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; feminismfeminism,
movement for the political, social, and educational equality of women with men; the movement has occurred mainly in Europe and the United States. It has its roots in the humanism of the 18th cent. and in the Industrial Revolution.
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Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

the proposed 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, stating that men and women must be treated equally by law. [Am. Hist.: Payton, 224]

Equal Rights Amendment

forbids discrimination against women. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 397]
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The issue should be deferred, Justice Powell wrote, because the "Equal Rights Amendment, which if adopted will resolve the substance of this precise question, has been approved by the Congress and submitted for ratification by the States.
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Partly this is just the rightwing translation of the word "feminist." Some of you may recall Pat Robertson's attack on feminism during the controversy over the Equal Rights Amendment in the '80s.
General factors included the Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, the adoption of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, discussions of the Equal Rights Amendment in the early 1970s, the American Bicentennial of 1976 (which was saturated with freedom themes), and President Jimmy Carter's human rights initiatives.
Capitalizing on the national theme, "Women Change America," events sponsored by FAWL and other women's organizations include a Equal Rights Amendment panel with women legislators on March 13 at 5:30 p.m., at the Tallahassee Holiday Inn Select; a legislative CLE at the Tallahassee Doubletree Hotel on March 14, from 8:30 a.m.
Imagine if all supported the passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, and vigorous enforcement of existing civil rights laws.
Twenty-two years after the fact, she speaks of the summer of 1982 when she joined six women in a fast to support the Equal Rights Amendment. Traveling to Illinois to gather support for ratification of the ERA, her firsthand experiences with the U.S.
We can still adopt an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S.