The Equal Rights Amendment was first proposed in 1923 by suffragist Alice Paul and was finally approved by the House of Representatives in 1971 and the Senate the following year. It needed ratification by 38 state legislatures, but by the deadline in 1982 only 35 had. Since then two more states have ratified it. ERA Minnesota is part of a movement to extend the deadline and convince one more state to back the amendment.
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