WST 355 final

WST 355 final - QUESTION 1 The Equal Rights Amendment,...

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QUESTION 1 The Equal Rights Amendment, since its conception, has been one trivial case in the history of feminism. Although from the onset one would expect for women to be united in working toward its realization, history would educate us that the contrary happened. Women have never been altogether similar in their opinion of the amendment which was first drafted in 1923 to simply read, "Men and women shall have equal rights throughout the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction." About fifty years later it was edited and elaborated up to demand in section one that “equality of right under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States of by any state on account of sex.” Section two added that “the congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.” And finally section three stipulated that “the amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.” In lamens terms, the amendment would eradicate any perceived difference in sex. The United States would have to ensure that the exact same liberties were enjoyed by both man and woman. The government would never favor one sex in any aspect of life. It called for complete equality. “Alice Paul and her group who were highly instrumental in acquiring the right to vote for women was one of those responsible for forming the ERA.” It was drawn to “to draw attention to and eliminate the many inequalities that deprived women of equal citizenship, such as the exclusion of women from juries and from political office.” Those who supported the ERA comprised mainly of
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2010 for the course WST 301 taught by Professor Kandi during the Spring '10 term at Suffolk.

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