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The Equal Rights Amendment: Yesterday and Today
  • Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Friday, June 17, 2016
  • Time: 11:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Written in 1921 by suffragist Alice Paul, the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced into every session of Congress between 1923 and 1972, when it was passed and sent to the states but failed to achieve the necessary three-fourths ratification. Proponents are strongly in favor of the ERA, but some still argue against it. What are the pros and cons of the ERA, and could it become ratified? A distinguished panel will explore the proposed amendment and its implications in today’s world.

Moderated by Page Harrington, Exec. Dir., National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, panelists include E. Faye Williams, President/CEO, National Congress of Black Women, Inc.; Robyn Muncy, Professor of History, University of Maryland; Kyle Ciani, Chair of History, Ill State University; and Kris Myers, Director of Programs, Alice Paul Institute.

This program is presented by the National Archives in partnership with the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.

This program is presented in conjunction with the “Amending America” exhibition, which is presented in part by AT&T, HISTORYⓇ, the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.