Women 's Rights Of Women Essay

1320 Words Apr 19th, 2015 6 Pages
As with any change, there are supporters and opponents and the Equal Rights Amendment was no different. The main supporter of the amendment was the National Woman 's Party backed by feminists and professional women such as Amelia Earhart. Organized groups such as National Organization for Women and ERAmerica along with a coalition of nearly eighty other mainstream organizations helped push the amendment through the ratification process. National Organization of Women was a compelling advocate claiming, “[the Equal Rights Amendment] is necessary because the Constitution does not explicitly guarantee that the rights it protects are held equally by all citizens regardless of gender and it would provide a clearer judicial standard for deciding cases of sex discrimination”. Organized women voices had not been so strong and powerful since the fight for suffrage. The amendment faced opposition as well, even from other women. Women had been on an endeavor to reform working conditions for women in the workplace. They feared that if the Constitution regarded women as equals, it would wipe out the progress they had made. Others feared that allowing women equal rights would jeopardize the existing power structure. Some anti- Equal Rights Amendment organizers went as far as to claim that, “the [Equal Rights Amendment] would deny woman 's right to be supported by her husband, privacy rights would be overturned, women would be sent into combat, and abortion rights and homosexual…

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