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After Suffrage Comes Equal Rights? Era As The Next Logical Step, Tracy A. Thomas, Tj Boisseau Dec 2015

After Suffrage Comes Equal Rights? Era As The Next Logical Step, Tracy A. Thomas, Tj Boisseau

Tracy A. Thomas

Almost a full century in the making, the campaign for an ERA far exceeded in longevity the campaign for woman suffrage, however much a “logical next step” women's equality seemed to some following the spectacular achievement of the Nineteenth Amendment. The history of the amendment reveals how resistant to the idea of equality between men and women a political system -- even one that includes women as voters -- can be. In this chapter, we re-examine the route taken by the ERA through its many permutations in the century since the passage of woman suffrage. Proposed by Alice Paul in 1923 ...