doing my term paper on the ERA
(history, ratification, pros/cons).
Unfortunately I'm having difficulty
locating good, informative resources
on the pros and cons. From what
I have read so far, I would
support the ERA. However, I
think it is always best to know
as much as possible about both
sides. Please direct me to books,
articles, etc...which can aid
me in learning about the ERA.
Thanks in advance. - A. Dave
for your note to FEMINIST.COM.
The ERA--should it ever be passed
would read something like "Equality
of Rights under the law shall
not be denied or abridged by
the US or by any State on account
of sex." It was orginally drafted
by Alice Paul in 1923. The basic
argument for it is that it would
guarantee equality under law.
Those who argue against it--are
basically arguing against women's
autonomy and independence. Their
main points include: bathrooms
would be integrated, as would
the military. I don't really
care about the former and I
personally don't care about
the latter, but I support those
who do want to have this available
The main groups to oppose it
are: The Eagle Forum
(under the leadership of Phyllis
Shafley) and Concerned Women
for American (under the
leadership of Beverly LaHaye).
Those who support it are numerous--NOW,
Feminist Majority, the
National Women's Political Caucus.
Any women's history book can
fill you in on the details and
point to other specifics.