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The American Library Association has had a variety of resolutions in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. This button reflects this support in hoping that 38 states would ratify the ERA by 1982.
The Equal Rights Amendment was a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution to guarantee equal rights for women. The ERA was originally introduced in 1923. In 1972 it passed both houses of Congress and was submitted to state legislatures to then be ratified. The original deadline for this ratification was March 1979. This was extended to June 1982. By 1977 35 states had ratified the ERA, with five later reversing their decisions. There were not enough ratifications by the 1982 deadline.
The American Library Association is a non profit organization that supports and promotes libraries, library professionals and library education. The association was founded in 1876 and is the largest library association in the world.
American Library Association. (Winter 1984-1985). Buttons Tell It All!!! HQ Review, 14-16.