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The Equal Right Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution, which states, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex." Congress passed the amendment in 1972 but lacked the necessary number of state ratifications, 38, to be passed. Opponents believed a rescission of the ERA was important because of fears women would also be included in the draft alongside men. Rumors spread that the passing of the ERA amendment would mean laws on abortion, state rights, family law, and several other laws benefiting women would change. Since 2017, momentum has grown in support of ratifying the ERA.
Woodruff, Judy. (2019). "40 Years Later, the ERA is Still Not a Part of the Constitution." PBS News Hour. Retrieved from https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/forty-years-later-the-era-is-still-no….