“Reports of the ERA’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated” (Part 1)

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This is the first in a multi-part series examining the half-century fight to add women to the U.S. Constitution—and a game plan on where we go from here.

Check back every Wednesday for a new installment.

Part 1: “We Want In!”

On the afternoon of January 15, hundreds of women packed the gallery of the Virginia House as delegates voted on whether to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and make Virginia the 38th and final state needed to enshrine the ERA in the U.S. Constitution.

State Dels. Jennifer Carroll Foy—center, in red—and Hala Ayala—standing behind her—sponsored the ERA ratification bill in the Virginia House. (Julia Rendleman / The New York Times)

When House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D)—the first female and first Jewish speaker in Virginia—announced a 59–41 vote in favor of ratification, the women in the gallery erupted in cheers,…

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