When the Constitution was written in 1787, “we the people” referred only to white men. To this day, the Constitution still does not have an amendment that explicitly guarantees women equal rights. It came close in 1972 – Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and thirty-five states ratified the amendment, but it ultimately fell short of approval by three states and was never added to the Constitution.
To put it bluntly, women are still not considered equal under law in the United States of America.
Suffragist Alice Paul wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1921 and today a new generation of women and girls are talking about equality.
In the words of Alice Paul, “Let us have the rights we deserve!”
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The United States presidential election on November 2, 1920 was the first election in which American women had the right to vote since the ratification of the 19th amendment on August 18, 1920. Achieving this milestone was a long and arduous struggle.Beginning in the 1800s, women organized,...
On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, ending national Prohibition (repealing the 18th Amendment). What you may not know is that in 1929, an organization known as the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR), founded by Pauline Sabin, led...
"I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality."A feminist, suffragist and warrior for equality, Alice Paul (1885-1977) dedicated her life to women's rights. She was a major...