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UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
ERArkansas Papers, 1972-1981
1.0 Linear feet; 2 document boxes
The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Scope and Contents note
This collection contains correspondence, booklets, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets concerning Arkansas's women and women's rights. ERArkansas was formed in 1972 to lobby for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment bill.
"Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
This simple sentence comprised Section 1 of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which was first proposed in Congress by the National Women's Party in 1923. Feminists of the late 1960s and early 1970s saw ratification of the amendment as the only clear-cut way to eliminate all legal gender-based discrimination in the United States.
Leaders such as Gloria Steinem addressed Congress in support of the ERA. The House approved the measure in 1970, and the Senate did likewise in 1972. The fight was then taken to the states. ERA-supporters had the early momentum. Public opinion polls showed strong favorable support. Thirty of the necessary thirty-eight states ratified the amendment by 1973. Arkansas was not one of them. As of 2013, the ERA has not passed.
Equal rights amendment--United States
Feminists--United States--History--20th century
National Organization for Women. Little Rock Chapter
Women's rights--Arkansas--History--20th century
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ERArkansas Papers, 1972-1981, UALR.MS.0053. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.