In the 1970s when the ERA reached Congress, a conservative lawyer/activist by the name of Phyllis Schlafly heavily rallied against the ratification of it. She led a conservative women’s movement because she strongly believed that women were only meant to do traditional domestic roles. Schlafly is the founder and president of the conservative organization, the Eagle Forum and is still alive today at age 91.
In a 2009 interview with Time magazine, when asked what would have happened if the ERA would have been passed during the 1970s, she said the following:
It would have given vast new powers to the federal courts because the Equal Rights Amendment did not define the operative words, which were sex and equality. So what does sex mean? Is it the sex you are, or the sex you do? What does equality mean? Does it mean equality of individual people like the Fourteenth Amendment, or does it mean the equality of a group? In America we really don’t believe in group rights. I think it’s pretty clear that if the Equal Rights Amendment had passed, we would have had same-sex marriage 25 years ago.
“I suspect that if the Equal Rights Amendment would have been ratified during the 1970’s, we not only would have had same-sex marriage being the norm but women everywhere would not be fighting for equal pay today.” – Natalie White
If the ERA would have been passed then, what kind of things do my readers think would have been the norm today? #MarchforERA @NatalieWhiteforEqualRights