The fight for equal rights in the united states has a rich history of advocacy and activism by both women and men who believe in constitutionally protected gender equality from the first visible public demand for womens suffrage in 1848 by elizabeth cady stanton and lucretia mott at the first womans rights convention in seneca falls new york to the introduction of the equal rights . For a document that carries so much political weight and history the equal rights amendment is surprisingly short as passed by congress in 1972 the amendment said section 1 equality of rights. Equal rights amendment era a proposed but unratified amendment to the us constitution that was designed mainly to invalidate many state and federal laws that discriminate against women its central underlying principle was that sex should not determine the legal rights of men or women. In the early history of the equal rights amendment middle class women were largely supportive while those speaking for the working class were often opposed pointing out that employed women needed special protections regarding working conditions and employment hours with the rise of the womens movement in the united states during the 1960s the era garnered increasing support and after
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