The Equal Rights Amendment: Yesterday and Today

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Written in 1921 by suffragist Alice Paul, the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced into every session of Congress between 1923 and 1972, when it was passed and sent to the states but failed to achieve the necessary three-fourths ratification. Proponents are strongly in favor of the ERA, but some still argue against it.

What are the pros and cons of the ERA, and could it become ratified? A distinguished panel will explore the proposed amendment and its implications in today’s world.

Moderated by Page Harrington, executive director, National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, panelists include E. Faye Williams, president and CEO, National Congress of Black Women Inc.; Robyn Muncy, professor of history, University of Maryland; Kyle Ciani, chair of history, Illinois State University; and Kris Myers, director of programs, Alice Paul Institute.

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