Doing some reading about feminism tonight, which prompted me to look up the text of the Equal Rights Amendment. At the barest beginnings of my consciousness—back in the late 70s—I can remember some hubub. But I didn't know what the hubub was about.
This is it:
|Section 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.|
|Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.|
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
Doesn't seem like that should've been that big a deal. So why was it?