Equal Rights Amendment

Equal Rights Amendment

noun
ERA ( def 3 ).
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Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

A twice-proposed but never ratified amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit denial or abridgement of rights on the basis of sex. First proposed in 1923, the amendment was passed by Congress in 1972 but failed ratification by the requisite number of states. It was a major rallying point of the women's movement.

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