Research Starter: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
Research Starter

In the 1970s, Florida lawmakers voted against ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The amendment 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.” Floridians’ response to the ERA mirrored the sharp national divide over the Amendment’s message on gender equality.

ERA demonstrators marching on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee

ERA demonstrators marching on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee

Florida Memory

State Archives of Florida

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Published Sources

  • Joan S. Carver, "The Equal Rights Amendment and the Florida Legislature," Florida Historical Quarterly 60, no. 4 (Apr. 1982), 455-481.