Why We Lost the ERA

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University of Chicago Press, 1986 - Social Science - 327 pages
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The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would have guaranteed women the same equal rights as men, passed Congress with an overwhelming majority in 1972. During the following ten years, the public repeatedly endorsed it in opinion surveys. Yet, for all the favor it enjoyed in the abstract, the ERA was never able to muster concrete support in enough states to become the law of the land. In this provocative and controversial book, the author explains why, as she argues that the ERA failed because it did not result in substantive changes in the position of women.

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User Review  - juglicerr - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating look at why the Equal Rights Amendment failed to pass, looking particularly at Illinois. Mansbridge found that techniques that create a high profile, e.g. demonstrations, may ... Read full review

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User Review  - Angelic55blonde - LibraryThing

This is a good book examining the Equal Rights Amendment and why it failed. It focuses on all the different opposition groups as well as the pro-ERA groups. It does have a slight bias but it is still worth the read for anyone who is interested in women's studies or the topic of the ERA. Read full review

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Jane J. Mansbridge is professor of political science at Northwestern University. She is also on the faculty of the university's Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research.

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