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What is the significance of the Equal Rights Amendment (1972)?

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cheybell220 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:33 PM via web

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What is the significance of the Equal Rights Amendment (1972)?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:56 PM (Answer #1)

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The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was significant because it represented a major step (albeit a failed step) in the move towards women's rights.  It is also important because it shows how much conflict there was in the 1970s over social issues.

The ERA was proposed as a way to give women equal legal status to men.  This was a major goal of the women's rights movement.  However, the furor over the ERA and its eventual defeat showed that there was still a great deal of resistance to change.  There were enough people who strongly supported the traditional, male-dominated society to defeat the ERA.

The ERA, then, is a symbol of the cultural conflicts of the 1970s.

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