American Government - Freeman

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Unformatted text preview: Freeman First Wave Feminism • Radical wing of the suffrage movement o National women’s party o Alice Paul o Used civil disobedience, colorful demonstrations and incessant lobbying to get the Nineteenth Amendment out of Congress o Following suffrage challenged legal discrimination against women • The Equal Rights Amendment o Sect. 1 Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex o Sect. 2 The congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article o Sect. 3 This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification • Why do women disagree on the ERA o Women in or associated with women working in industry, particularly unionized industries, opposed the ERA because they supported protective labor legislation o Business and professional women supported the ERA and saw protective labor legislation as a barrier to their effectively competing against men their professions • Opponents of the ERA, Democratic women • Supporters of the ERA, Republican women o More compatible with Republican opposition to labor regulation • The 1940 Democratic position on equality • We are ok with the ERA as long as “without impairing the social legislation which protects true equality by safeguarding the ehlath, safety and economic welfare of women workers.” • When Eleanor Roosevelt told the platform committee that the ERA would be “a grave mistake” it accepted the alternative proposal.mistake” it accepted the alternative proposal....
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2012 for the course GOV (01:220:30 taught by Professor Clancy during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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