Definition of the Equal Rights Amendment from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Equal Rights Amendment

 
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(abbreviation the ERA)
 
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a proposal for an amendment to the US Constitution which would give women equal rights with men. The proposal began in Congress in 1923 and was finally passed in 1972. A total of 38 of the 50 states had to give their approval by 1982 for it to become law, but only 35 did, so it failed.