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The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women. It was first introduced to Congress in 1923. Re-introduced in 1971, the amendment was passed by both houses of Congress in 1972 and passed to the states for ratification. After attempts to get the amendment ratified for 10 years, only 31 of the necessary 38 states ratified it and therefore it failed.
Scope and Content Note
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) records, dating from 1970 to 1978, include correspondence, legislative journals, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, brochures, pamphlets, and other records relating to the work of the South Carolina Coalition in trying to get the ERA ratified by the South Carolina state legislature. There is relevant material concerning the ERA issue in other states. The Coalition was organized in 1972. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women.
The records of the ERA South Carolina Coalition, a group organized for the purpose of working for ERA ratification by the state legislature in South Carolina, were received on March 14, 1978 from Robin Anderson, ERA coordinator.
Women, Women's History, Equal Rights, Civil Rights, Politics, United States Constitution, Constitutional Amendments
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Finding Aid Citation
Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, Winthrop University, "Equal Rights Amendment South Carolina Coalition Records - Accession 168". Finding Aid 106.