Who Won the Debate over the
Equal Rights Amendment in the 1920s?

Abstract

      The debate over the Equal Rights Amendment in the years immediately after its origin in 1921 highlighted divisions among politically active women. This project presents the major documents related to that debate. They show that two forms of feminism emerged in the United States in the 1920s, one hostile to the blending of feminism with social justice goals, one captured by those goals. The bitter legacy of this split, only partly overcome by the second wave of feminism in the 1960s, continues to inform divisions among feminists today.

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