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Challenge and ChangeRight-Wing Women, Grassroots Activism, and the Baby Boom Generation$
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June Melby Benowitz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061221

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061221.001.0001

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“Women’s Liberation” and the Equal Rights Amendment

“Women’s Liberation” and the Equal Rights Amendment

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Challenge and Change

June Melby Benowitz

University Press of Florida

This chapter begins with a brief history of the women’s equal rights movement, and then explores women’s responses to the issue during the 1960s and 1970s. Most of the women examined here were right-wing and actively opposed the ERA, but some supporters are included in the chapter. It explores the clashes between those women who favored the amendment, and those who opposed it. It looks at the reasons why many women joined together to campaign against the ERA, examining such demographic factors as age, social status, and occupation. The chapter ends with a sampling of baby boomers’ reflections on what the conflict over the ERA meant for them.

Keywords:   “Women’s Liberation”, Equal Rights Amendment, Right-wing women, Demographic factors, Baby boomers

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