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Steve Bousquet column: An era later, some Florida legislators still push for ERA



Here's an idea whose time has not yet come in Florida: Passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

You remember the ERA.

Just like you remember rotary-dial phones, shag carpet and a loaded term that helped to define the era: "women's lib."

It seems as if an era has passed since those three letters polarized Florida. It was the 1970s, after all.

Thousands of demonstrators wore dueling ERA Now and Stop ERA buttons. There were fears that women would be forced into combat and that we would be using unisex bathrooms.

Thirty-five states ratified the ERA, three short of the number needed to amend the U.S. Constitution. Florida was not among them.

Column here.

[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2011 6:40pm]


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