ERA-History

ERA History

Key Dates

Here are some of the key dates:

  • 1776 – Abigail Adams wrote her husband “remember the ladies”
  • 1848 – First Woman’s Rights Convention
  • 1923 – ERA first introduced into Congress
  • 1940 – Republican party included ERA in platform
  • 1944 – Democratic party included ERA in platform
  • 1972 – ERA passes Congress and moves to states for ratification
  • 1977 – 35 of the needed 38 states had ratified the ERA
  • 1978 – Deadline for ratification extended from 1979 to 1982
  • 1982 – Still only 35 states ratified the ERA
  • 2017 – Nevada ratifies the ERA
  • 2018 – Illinois ratifies the ERA
  • 2019 – The Equal Rights Amendment is not yet part of U.S. Constitution

 

Text of the Amendment

Here is the text of the amendment:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification

 

Status of Ratification by State

 

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