Religious Committee for the ERA newsletter

Religious Committee for the ERA newsletter


Religious Committee for the E.R.A.



January 10, 1977 Newsletter No. 3

Fantastic things have been happening to me since I have an idea to have the Equal Rights Amendment painting in living color on the trunk of my 1967 Lincoln Continental! Watch for a special article on the Florida Religious Committee for the ERA in the Florida Times Union, Sunday, January 16 (date unconfirmed).

Have heard that the Orlando Sentinel Star had an article, can anyone send me a copy?

hear that oen of the coalitions is planning to use the scripture list in their local paper... one scripture at a time. Appreciate the feedback - let me hear from others.

Anti ERA forces are gearing up now for their big push... Florida Minutewomen held an anniversary meeting here in Jacksonville this week and used it as a STOP ERA seminar. Be ALERT, ENTHUSIASTIC and OPTIMISTIC when asked about the vote.


As promised, enclosed is the ERA Florida, Senate/House position list along with the Speakers Bureau list. Anyone interested in being on the speakers list, send a resume and request to be added.

MEDIA - I was a guest on the Projection Five show, WPTV, Palm Beach, Sunday, January 2nd. (Took advantage of the trip south to meet with area committee representatives. Distributed religious packets and discussed goals and objectives. Very good meeting).

Major event this month is the ABC NEWS Documentary on ERA, The War Between The Women, January 22nd, 10-11 PM (Panhandle 9-10 PM) Network press release is enclosed for your use. A 30-second spot has been purchased by the Committee in this show for Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando, Panama City and West Palm. Take advantage of this. Discussion is evident, be prepared. Area coalition leaders will have advance content information.

COMING!! Radio Spots - Filmstrips - Packets ! Send your requests !


Diane Peterson, State Coordinator

An interfaith organization of Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish groups whose purpose is to secure ratifucation of the Equal Rights Amendment and its inclusion in the federal Consitution.

American Baptist Women

Catholic Women for ERA

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Division of Homeland Ministries

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church The Missionary Council

Church of the Brethren

Church Women United in the U.S.A.

Evangelical Women's Caucus

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Intercommuinity Center for Justice and Peace

Joint Strategy Action Committee

Las Hermanas

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Lutheran Church Women

National Assembly of Women Religious

National Coalition of American Nuns

National Council of Churches Divison of Church & Society

National Council of Jewish Women

National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods


Presbyrterian Church in the U.S.

Committee on Women's Concern

Sisters of Loretto Denver, Colorado

The United Methodist Church Board of Church & Society

The United Methodist Church Women's Division Board of Global Ministries

Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Unitarian-Universaist Association

Unitarian-Univeralist Assocation

Unitarian-Universalist Women's Federation

United Church of Christ Board of Homeland Ministires

United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Council on Women and the Church

Women's League for Conservative Judaism

National Board of the Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.

Feb 15th is Susan B. Anthony's Birthday - Plan an event or put flowers on the alter in her memory.


State Archives of Florida: Series S79, Box 1, Folder 37


Newsletter number 3 of the Florida Religious Committee for the ERA.


January 10, 1977


Peterson, Diane


Florida Religious Committee for the ERA




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.