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  1. Introduction
  2. Alice Paul's primary opponents
  3. The discrepancy in men's and women's pay
  4. The debate on reproductive rights
  5. Another important issues similar to the wage difficulties
  6. Lesbians and gays
  7. Conclusion
  8. Works cited

The Equal Rights Amendment, better known as the ERA, is an amendment requiring that both sexes be treated equally under the law. It has been a matter of heated debate and battle for the last 83 years. The ERA was first introduced to Congress in 1923; three years after the 19th Amendment had passed. It was written by Alice Paul, the same activist who had gotten the 19th Amendment passed. This was her next project, and would continue to be the National Women's Party's primary goal for the rest of her lifespan.

[...] The Forum states that an ERA would eliminate the predisposition of the courts and system to allow mother to stay with their children You This is actually true; the courts would now be forced to make their judgments based entirely on who is a better parent. I hardly see how that could be a bad thing for anyone, least of all the children involved. The Forum also notes that an ERA would require women to sign up with the draft, and eliminate any ability for Congress to exempt them from the draft. [...]

[...] Both pro- and anti-ERA activists agree that an ERA would increase the liberty and rights of gays and lesbians. Of course, they disagree on whether this would be good or bad. If the law was sex-blind, than a marriage between two individuals would be legal, regardless of their sexes. It would also make it unconstitutional to discriminate against lesbians and gays in any other field, including employment (many military and police groups do not allow gays or lesbians), housing, and other basic needs. [...]

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