Gender Issues In The Equal Rights Amendment

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Back then, like today the issue of equality has been a debate between both female and male genders. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women. The ERA was originally introduced by Congress in 1923 for the first time. However, equality being a constitutional amendment states, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” This to me seems fair, yet there are people who oppose to this proposal. This amendment is of significance because it represented a major step for women’s rights, shows the conflict over social issues in the 1970s, and helps to bring inequality that women faced into light.
First, the Civil Rights Movement started with the discrimination of blacks and their unequal treatment by society.
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For example, the gender pay gap has been existing since women could work. In 2015, female full-time workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, leading to a gender wage gap of twenty percent between both sexes. The ideology of “men work harder than women” is absurd. A woman can do the same tough job of a man, if she proposed to it. Women have been earning less than men, because it is believed that they can’t work as hard as men do. However, there is a controversy in this idea because of physical strength, but today there are fit women who can do a better job than a man can. Also, education falls into place with this inequality because back then women only had three degrees to choose from in which being a housewife was one of them. Furthermore, with the ratification of the ERA women are now involved in Congress like Sandra Day O’ Connor and Hillary Clinton who ran for president in these past presidential elections. Correspondingly, women are seen the “weaker” sex which leads to sex

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