The Rights Of The United States Essay

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In times of injustice, a nation must accept the necessity of change and embrace new ideas that will create justice in the system. For the United States, some of these changes have occurred through the process of amending our Constitution to match the changing times. In 1789 it was the rights of the people, in 1865 it was the abolishing of slavery, and in 1920 it was giving women the right to vote. However, those ideas did not stop there. For example, abolishing slavery was not the end of the fight for the rights of African Americans, and a Bill of Rights did not stop the people from arguing for more rights, such as same sex marriage. All of these fights have stemmed from a common root: the desire for equality. In 1923, only three years after the right to vote was given to women, women had another bold request to their government: they wanted equality. Called the Equal Rights Amendment, this proposal was a necessity in the United States then, and is still a necessity today. Despite arguments against it, the Equal Rights Amendment is a necessary change to the Constitution because it promotes generality in law, it provides protections for women in the US legal system, and it is what citizens want. Historically, this proposed amendment has had an interesting past. In 1923, Alice Paul believed that an amendment to the Constitution was necessary in order for equal rights between men and women under the Constitution to be affirmed (Francis). She wrote the amendment and it said,…

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