Whatever happened to the Equal Rights Amendment?
Despite its vital importance to women seeking equal protection under the law, nobody talks about the ERA anymore. The intense commitment and energy dedicated to securing its passage by Congress in 1972 dissipated quickly after ratification failed in 1982 by only three states.
So close, yet so far.
Originally introduced in 1923, the ERA was meant to be companion legislation to the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote in 1920. Both of these constitutional amendments were, and still are, considered necessary to achieve basic human rights for women in this country. The ERA states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”