National ERA March ’78
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Section 1. Equality of Rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex.
- May 1976, the National Organization of Women (NOW) brought 16,000 supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.) to march in Washington.
- 1977, 4,000 people marched down Pennsylvania Avenue.
- 1978, NOW organized over 100,000 people to march on Washington.
This March for Equality was the largest in feminist history to date. Marchers struggled through 95 degree heat to hear NOW President Smeal and other leaders speak on behalf of the ERA. Women from diverse backgrounds marched in a sea of purple, gold and white banners (reflecting the suffragist colors), to press for an extension of the time limit on ratifying the ERA — which they won.
- 1982 The ERA was defeated — three states short of ratification.
The ERA has been re-introduced in Congress every year since 1985. NOW did not organize another major march until the
- 1986 March for Women’s Lives, when over 120,000 women and men demonstrated in Washington, D.C. for abortion rights continued in the years to come with the second …
- 1992 March for Women’s Lives.
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