Valentine from Anita Andres to Governor Bob Graham

Valentine from Anita Andres to Governor Bob Graham



Roses are red,

and violets are blue'...

Here's a Valentine message for you.

Hooray for the candy, the presents and flowers...

But put a "Hold" on that stuff

'Til equal rights are Ours.

A more meaningful gift

On St. Valentine's Day

Would be a quick ratification of the E.R.A.

Replace the candy hearts

And the roses of red...

Give your Love

Equal Rights and E.R.A.


TO: Governor Robert Graham

From Anita Andres

RRI, Box 60A

Becher, MN 55308

By North East Area NOW, Mpls., MN 55421


State Archives of Florida: Series S850, Box 16, Folder 8


Valentine poem urging the governor to support to the Equal Rights Amendment.


February 14, 1982


Andrea, Anita




Modern Florida (1950-1990)

General Note

Passed by Congress in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) proposed that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex." Though 35 states had ratified the ERA by the extended 1982 deadline, it still needed the support of a three-fourths majority, or 38 states, to amend the U.S. Constitution. In Florida, the amendment was introduced or voted on in every legislative session from 1972 until 1982. Though it passed the Florida House of Representatives on several occasions, it never passed the Senate. With the deadline fast approaching, Florida was one of four states to hold a special legislative session to decide on the fate of the ERA in the summer of 1982. While it passed the House (60-58), it again failed in the Senate with a 22-16 vote against ratification. It did not pass any of the other three state legislatures in special session that summer, and the ERA was defeated as a constitutional amendment.