Equal Rights Amendment.

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The Equal Rights Amendment was a great idea and a bad idea at the same time. It was a good proposition, because, finally women would no longer be treated as if they were so much lower than men. No more discrimination against women. They’d be paid the same, and they wouldn’t be restricted to “women’s work,” if they wanted to work hard, they could. At the same time, the Equal Rights Amendment was a bad idea. If the Equal Rights Amendment would have been passed, women would be drafted just like the men were. Women would have to leave their children and families and go into combat. Also, women would no longer be protected by the special laws that keep women from being forced to work in huge industries. If the Equal Rights Amendment was passed, there would likely no longer be a Girl’s Softball Team, or even a Men’s Restroom! The Equal Rights Amendment would bring equal rights to everyone in every sense. The world would almost be a gender-neutral place. I believe that the Equal Rights Amendment should maybe be re-proposed one day, only in a less strict way. Women should still be protected from the draft, and there should still be single-sex teams and school. At the same time, discrimination against women should certainly be ended. The Equal Rights Amendment came about only three years after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. This ratification stated that no one could be denied of the right to vote because of their sex. However, Alice Paul argued that this was simply not enough. She didn’t believe that legal discrimination upon sex would be ended just because of that ratification. So in 1923, Alice Paul presented the “Lucretia Mott Amendment.” The Equal Rights Amendment was presented to Congress in the 1920’s, where it was introduced in every single Congress session from 1923 to 1970. However, the Equal Rights Amendment never made it to the floor of the Senate or of the House to be voted on. It just stayed in committee. Many opposers of the Equal Rights...
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