The Equal Rights Amendment ( Era )

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1. Select one of the movements reviewed in the Prologue in the GenderSpeak text and write about which one(s) have had the greatest impact on you. Why? How? Your answer should be at least approximately ½ page in length.

The Equal Rights Amendment was the one that impacted on me the most because everyone deserves equality no matter what gender, race, sex and color. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was the second-wave feminists group’s goal to get ratified after gaining the right to vote by first-wave feminists. ERA was started in 1923 but it took 50 years to get passed. In 1972, ERA states that equality of rights under the law should not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. After the ERA passed in 1972, seventy-four percent of houses of Congress ratified the ERA. Soon after, Phyllis Scholarly, a staunchly conservative voice of the time, started a campaign called STOP-ERA. They were spreading that women would be drafted and might have to serve in combat if the ERA passed. Because of that back and forth uncertainty with both parties, time were wasted for long time. Because of that, women were not nominated and missed for big roles and major seats. Even nowadays, people are fighting for their equality for different things all over the world. That’s why I think instead of wasting time on arguments, focus on topic and find ground agreements that most people can live with. 2. Based on chapter 1. How can…
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