Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes were among the most prominent leaders of the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1971 they posed for the photo that would become an icon of the women's empowerment movement.
Starting in 1923 the Equal Rights Amendment guaranteeing equality under the constitution for women and girls was introduced in every session of Congress. In 1972 it finally passed the House and the Senate but was not ratified by the required number of states to become a constitutional amendment. By the 1982 deadline it fell just three states short of ratification and did NOT become the law of the land.
In 2017, nearly 50 years later, women still do not have full constitutional equality with men (it’s hard to believe!). As Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once famously said, “Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t.”
Today the fight for equal rights continues. Gloria and Dorothy haven’t stopped fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment. It's time to join them and the ERA Coalition. Constitutional equality for all isn't a dream—it's a right.
For more information, please visit the website: www.eracoalition.org