Equal Rights Amendment


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When Alice Paul and the NWP began discussing what is now called the ERA, M. Carey Thomas, the president of Bryn Mawr College, offered her support for the legislation, stating, “How much better by one blow to do away with discriminating against women in work, salaries, promotion and opportunities to compete with men in a fair field with no favor on either side!” (Cott, p. 125). While the need for the ERA may have been self-evident to women like Paul and Thomas, many longtime supporters...