The legislative history of the Equal Rights Amendment provides conclusive proof that ERA is intended to wipe out any and all distinctions between men and women, no matter how reasonable or how much such distinctions or separations might be desired by the majority of our citizens.
When ERA went through Congress the first time, in 1971 and 1972, certain amendments were proposed to prevent ERA from taking away traditional rights and benefits from women. All these modifying clauses were defeated, thereby leaving ERA in strict, absolute, rigid language.
ERA Ratification Difficulties
Congress sent ERA out to the states on March 22, 1972. Within twelve months, 30 states had ratified it. Then the disillusionment set in. In the next six years, only five more states ratified ERA, but five of the 30 states rescinded their previous ratifications of ERA leaving a net score of zero for six years of lobbying for ERA. The five states that rescinded their previous ratifications were: Nebraska – 3/15/73; Tennessee – 4/23/74; Idaho – 2/08/77; Kentucky – 3/16/78; South Dakota – 3-01-79.