Pro-ERA Button, 1972-1982

Pro-ERA Button, 1972-1982

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This button urging support for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was collected at the National Conference for International Women’s Year in 1977.
In 1972 the Equal Rights Amendment, designed to guarantee protection against sexual discrimination for women under the law, passed both houses of Congress and was sent to the individual states for ratification. Groups on both sides of the issue mobilized to lobby the states for and against passage.
The ERA failed to meet the requisite number of state ratifications (38) by Congress’ deadline of June 30, 1982 and so was not adopted as a Constitutional amendment. It has been reintroduced several times.
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overall: 2 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in x 1/4 in; 5.715 cm x 5.715 cm x.635 cm
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Women's Suffrage
Women's Rights
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Political and Military History: Political History, Womens History/Reform Movements Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Woman Suffrage
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National Museum of American History
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I have two other buttons from that conference which I attended in Houston in 1977. One is an AAUW for ERA button which members of the American Association of University of Women wore and the other is a small green button saying Pro Plan Caucus Houston 1977 Which was worn by the ERA supporters who worked to pass an agreed upon program which included support of the ERA.

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