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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence, Jefferson (1776)) Women are never mentioned in this document that resides at the core of our nation’s essence. From there on, women have struggled to be recognized as equal to men. The Equal Rights Amendment was created and proposed in order to guarantee constitutional protection against all political forms of gender discrimination. The standards of “Separate but Equal” are in conflict with equal protection under the law; they withhold an individual’s freedom for self-determination. Even so, the ERA has always been a controversial topic, even through the unrestrained and more liberal-minded ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Those against the Equal Rights Amendment claimed that the ERA aimed to do away with an individual’s right to privacy. Fears of unisex toilets and shared prison cells arose. Many believed that the purity of women was in danger of being surrendered. It was
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