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Constitutional FAQ Answer #48

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Q48. “Can you tell me why the ERA was not

A. The ERA was not
ratified because not enough states approved it before the deadline set in the
legislation, nor in the extension given it by subsequent legislation.

As for the reasons it did not pass in certain state legislatures, you’ll
have to refer to the archives in the various states to find out the arguments
for and against. The general argument against it, however, was that the ERA
would burden government and business too heavily; that men and women are
inherently different, and those differences should be celebrated and not
suppressed; and that it simply was not needed.

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