Florida Voter ERA pamphlet

Florida Voter ERA pamphlet

Transcript

florida voter

E.R.A. won't go away

inside:

E.R.A. 2, 6, 10, 12

From Your Lobbyist 4

Legislation Summary 5

State Program 6

New Directiors 7

Convention Highlights 8

LWV Scarf 9

Constitution Revision 11

New Publications 11

From Your New President 12

JULY- AUGUST 1977 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF FLORIDA

Source

State Archives of Florida: Series 79, Box 1, Folder 37

Description

A July-August 1977 pamphlet explaining the purpose of the Equal Rights Amendment; a message from lobbyist Mary Anne Sherman; the state program 1977-1979; and highlights from the 1977 convention. Members listed include Fran Boudolf, Ruth Ann Bramson, Arnetta Brown, Roxanna Dear, Deannie Picciotti, Judy Blankenship, Polly Doughty, Jean Martin, Sherry Newman, and Elise Webb.

Date

1977

Creator

League of Women Voters of Florida

Contributors

Harrison, Lois

Sherman, Mary Anne

Churchill, Lucile

Format

Pamphlets

Coverage

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.