Today in Feminist History: Public Support for ERA is “Overwhelming” (April 9, 1975)

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April 9, 1975: Public support for the Equal Rights Amendment remains overwhelming, according to a Gallup Poll released today.

PHOTO: First Lady Betty Ford showing support for our cause, and ratification this year

Fifty-eight percent of the 1,542 respondents polled between March 7th and 10th said they favored the Constitutional amendment which would permanently and explicitly ban all forms of sex discrimination, while just 24% were opposed, and 18% had no opinion.

Support for the E.R.A. was strongest among those under 30, and those in the East (both 67%). Men were actually more supportive (63%) than women (54%) though clear majorities of both groups favored it.

Opposition was greatest among women over 50, only 46% of whom supported it, and in the South, though even there 52% were in favor.

The E.R.A. was written by Alice Paul, and the campaign for it was launched…

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