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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Where is the outcry concerning the religious right and other conservatives claiming that passage of the Equal Rights Amendment would guarantee (horrors) gay marriage?
The religious right is the strongest force in the United States that has opposed both the Equal Rights Amendment and the U.
The Equal Rights Amendment, approved by two-thirds of the United States House of Representatives and the Senate, obtained the ratification of only 35 of the 38 states necessary.
Here Kuersten places entries for second wave feminists, Congresswomen, the saga of the Equal Rights Amendment, and major women's rights cases, such as Reed v.
As Missouri attorney general, he sued the National Organization for Women because they were leading a boycott of the state over its failure to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
Hayden, who has been endorsed by the local chapter of the National Organization for Women, has criticized Weiss for not supporting women's issues, such as an Equal Rights Amendment.
She did the things you would expect: She marched for the Equal Rights Amendment, folded newsletters for the National Organization for Women, and stuffed envelopes for the Women's Cancer Resource Center.
He voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, for a civil rights/housing law in 1968, and the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution in 1972.
We girls got to hear Fred Barnes pronounce the International Women's Conference in Beijing "the most boring" story of the year and, as an added bonus, hear George Will reflect that the Equal Rights Amendment (which he likened to the failed flag-burning amendment) represented a "perfectly pointless abuse of the Constitution.
The National Organization for Women's renewedcampaign for an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, to be launched in January, is a tactical mistake.
Since the Equal Rights Amendment passed Congress in 1972, men have gradually conceded to putting the toilet seat down, going out to see a "chick flick," and even stopping to ask for directions.
Equal Means Equal" video and discussion of the Equal Rights Amendment sponsored by American Association of University Women, Schaumburg Branch.