This is the second 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
Read Part 1: “We Want In!” here. And check back every Wednesday for a new installment.
Part 2: A Long History of Obstruction, Delay and Trickery
Back in the early 1970s, when there were only 15 women in Congress—two in the Senate and 13 in the House—powerful male leaders of key House and Senate committees blocked votes on the Equal Rights Amendment.
The most powerful opposition—says Feminist Majority Foundation president Eleanor Smeal, who for part of the 1970s and ’80s was president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which led the ERA fight—were business interests, especially the insurance industry, which opposed equality because sex discrimination is highly profitable….