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In case there is somebody who was absent that day, the ERA is a proposed amendment to the Constitution which will guarantee equal rights regardless of sex. Though the history of the ERA goes far back in our history, here is an excerpt from wikipedia concerning my generation's history on the progress of the amendment. Representative Martha W. Griffiths of Michigan, however, achieved success on Capitol Hill with her House Joint Resolution No. 208, which was adopted by the House of Representatives on October 12, 1971, with a vote of 354 yeas, 24 nays and 51 not voting (117 Congressional Record 35815). Griffiths' joint resolution was then adopted by the Senate on March 22, 1972, with a vote of 84 yeas, 8 nays and 7 not voting (118 Congressional Record 9598). And with that, the ERA was finally presented by the 92nd Congress to the state legislatures for ratification, as Article V of the Constitution prescribes. On March 27, 2007, the resolution was reintroduced in both houses of Congress as the Women's Equality Amendment. It's been twenty five years since the ERA failed to be ratified by the needed three-quarters of state legislatures. Without state ratification, it will not become an amendment to our Constitution. So if you support the language within the ERA, I would say now is a good time to contact your elected officials and let them know how you stand. Elections in a democratic society carry a ton of weight. It was through the people's voice that our country shifted back from the extreme right. How moderate or how liberal our new structures will be hangs on the people's voices. Yeah, I know all the excuses for not participating...I've used all of them. And from within my glass house, I can hardly afford to juggle my stones! But I live with a woman who believes her rights as a citizen are just as important as mine! And I couldn't let the opportunity to share some information about this important piece of legislation pass me by. My participation is like a roller coaster at best and at times it seems the lows outweigh the highs. But there's hope...wait...I think I see a rise ahead...looks like the year 2008!