THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Focus on the Equal Rights Amendment
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission by the Congress:
“Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
“Sec. 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
“Sec. 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.”
Historical Background and Foundations of the Proposed Amendment
The majority of VFA members and honorees were active in building the foundations for the original passage of the ERA and in lobbying for its future passage. Here are some of their stories. Click on a name or photo below to learn more.
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