Lecture Description

First proposed in 1923 as a follow-up to the 19th Amendment, the Equal Rights Amendment has prompted heated debates about American womanhood for nearly 100 years. Are women people first, or mothers? Are women fundamentally equal to men, or fundamentally different from men? What would it look like for women to be both equal and different? This talk analyzes the evolution of ERA debates, highlights the fascinating women who devoted their lives to working for and against the ERA– including Alice Paul and Phyllis Schlafly– and brings the debate up to the present with the post-2016 resurgence of ERA activism.


Women Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage

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