In 1920, soon after ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the National Woman's Party and its leader, Alice Paul, decided that a constitutional amendment granting equal rights to women was the next step in liberating women. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was first introduced to Congress in 1923. Although the amendment gained support in the 1930's and 1940's, until the late 1960's the National Woman's Party was the main advocate of the amendment. Many organizations, especially labor and women's organizations, initially opposed the amendment because they feared it would end protective labor legislation for women. In the late 1960's and early 1970's, numerous women's organizations, in particular the National Organization for Women (NOW) advocated for the amendment. Both houses of Congress finally passed the amendment in 1972 and sent it to the states for ratification. In order for the amendment to be added to the Constitution, three fourths of states had to ratify the amendment by 1979. By 1979, thirty-five of the thirty-eight needed states ratified the amendment and the deadline for ratification was extended to 1982. However, the amendment ultimately failed because no other states ratified it. Women's organizations are still advocating for passage of the ERA.I strongly think us women can do just as much a man can do and have much of rights a man have. In today’s society women work same jobs like men and do the same thing an little bit more than a man. Yes I think this amendment will eventually pass .While the discrimination is not as overt as it was when the ERA was first written, it still exists. And really, why would anyone disagree with this: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex."
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