U.S. Representative Martha W. Griffiths championed the ERA (Aug. 1970)
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The Virginia Senate has now ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, and that state could soon become the 38th to approve it. The crucial 38th state is three-fourths of the 50 states, the number required. If Congress recognizes ratification despite its original deadline, the long fight to overcome GOP opposition would succeed. The amendment’s language is extremely simple:
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.