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Week 8 Discussion

Please respond to the following: Note: Please respond to the following items in a primary posting of at least 175 words. In addition, please make a substantive comment (at least five sentences) to one [1] of your classmates.

The leaders of the Civil Rights Movement inspired Women’s Equality activists to demonstrate, and put their bodies on the line, to achieve equal and fair treatment for women. This fight for gender equality had been a long one. From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, to the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, women and men continue to push for a more fair and just society.  This week’s question asks students to explore one failed aspect of this fight: The Equal Rights Amendment. Explain what the ERA is and what the arguments for and against the amendment have been over the twentieth century. This means that students should examine not only the disposition of the fight over the legislation in the seventies, but also why Alice Paul crafted the amendment and why people fought against the bill in the 1920’s.   Finally, students will explain why the amendment failed to be ratified and added to the constitution.

To read the arguments in support of the ERA please go to the following link :

http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences-and-law/sociology-and-social-reform/social-reform/equal-rights-amendment

Arguments against video : http://college.cengage.com/history/wadsworth_9781133309888/courseware/media/player.html?video=womenslib_era_amendment

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