Third Thursday of the Month Discussion Group
Topic: Status of the ERA in the current administration; what did you do in the 1970s about the ERA issue
Thursday, March 18, 7:00 pm PT
See list of resources for reading/reviewing
Being updated: The Equal Rights Amendment
THE HISTORY OF THE ERA
In 1923, two leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman, drafted the first version of the Equal Rights Amendment. In the wake of the successful passage of the nineteenth amendment, many women’s rights activists found this to be the next logical step. After years of work and activism, in 1972 the amendment passed both chambers of Congress, and was sent to the states for ratification. But there was a problem — the ratification included a seven-year deadline. Despite the relentless work of women’s rights activists across the country, not enough states ratified the amendment by the deadline.
THE ERA TODAY
In 2017, Nevada ratified the amendment, 35 years after the deadline. This helped to renew the ERA movement. The National Organization for Women is joining other women’s rights groups to push for an elimination of the deadline and to complete what other activists began so long ago.
In February 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to sign on. Now we need to petition our Congress to remove the arbitrary original 7 year deadline.
UPCOMING TOPIC: Thursday, April 15, at 7 pm, PDT