The Actual Wording of The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
In 1923 Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party proposed The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which by 1943 was worded as follows:
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.
Section 2: The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3: This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
Thanks to strong women’s rights efforts, the “Alice Paul” ERA was finally passed by Congress in 1972, and sent to the states for ratification. The ERA was ratified recently by the required 38 states; however there are legal challenges ahead.
Myths and Facts About The ERA
Over the years, opponents of the ERA have given a lot of arguments against the ERA – many of them are myths or out right lies. Sadly, some of these arguments are still being professed by ERA opponents as “truth” today.