Important Protests and Riots That Changed the World Forever

March for Equal Rights Amendment, 1978

14. March for Equal Rights Amendment, 1978

Proposing an amendment for equal rights for women to vote in the elections, the March for ERA saw over 100,000 people come together in Washington, D.C., on 9th of July, 1978. A continuation of the Women’s suffrage, the march sought ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment by the states.

Although the Congress had approved the amendment in 1972, ratification by two-thirds of the states had been requested, with a 7-year timeline.

The march was a demonstration to convince legislators that the deadline of 7 years should be extended, and was successful in landing an extension to 1982. However, the amendment is yet to be ratified by all the states to officially become part of the Constitution.

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