The Equal Rights Amendment
Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
The Congress shall have the power to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
30 State Legislatures have voted in favor of the ERA 38 are needed for it to become the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Bills for approval of the Equal Rights Amendment by the Florida Legislature have been prefiled for the April, 1974 session. ERA has been assigned to the Rules and Calendar Committee in the Senate and the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives.
DECEMBER 1973 - E.R.A. ISSUE LEAGUE FO WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA
State Archives of Florida: Series 79, Box 1, Folder 37
Volume XXII December 1973 No. 8 pamphlet published monthly by the League of Women Voters of Florida. Members listed include Mary Anne Sherman, Polly Doughty, Grace Hodgson, Sherry Newman, Susan Predaho, and Elise Webb.
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.