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One of my favorite pictures is this photo of a young protester carrying a “girls are strong” sign. This photo was taken during an ERA march demanding equal rights for women in Tacoma, WA, 1982. Perhaps I like it because the girl seems to be skipping (or running) with a determined look on her face. With a sign that appears to have been written by her and a shirt stating “The ERA is for my future” she is, in some ways, a symbolic reminder that fighting for civil rights, whether it’s based on…

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Susan B. Anthony, once caught voting before the 19th amendment passed, and was scolded. She insisted on being arrested, not wanting to be treated differently based on sex

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Handbill, "Equal Rights Amendment," ca. 1920s The National Women’s Party (NWP) was one of the first women’s rights groups to lobby in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment. This NWP flyer highlighted hopes that a constitutional amendment would guarantee women equality with men in pay, professional opportunities, property, child custody, contracts, and all other rights of citizens. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

Rosa Parks was asked to move to the back of the bus where black people were expected to sit, by the whites. When she refused, police became involved, essentially leading to her arrest. Rosa Parks is a true Civil Rights leader, due to her strength and bravery. This arrest eventually led to the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, where African Americans did not use the buses, but walked instead.

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What five freedoms does the First Amendment guarantee? When did 18-year-olds gain the right to vote for the president? When was Prohibition repealed? On what day is the president inaugurated? All of these answers (and more!) can be found on this Periodic Table of the Amendments. This table is a historical journey through the 27 additions to the U.S. Constitution. It highlights the Bill of Rights Amendments, the Civil War Amendments, and the Progressive Era Amendments. It al...

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In recognition of the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, and the anniversary of the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, a coalition of women's organizations, representing millions of women, announced plans to counter the attacks on women's economic and health security through a new multi-organization effort, HERvotes. The goal is to mobilize women voters in 2012 around preserving women's Health and Economic Rights (HER rights.)…

Barbara Jordan (1936 – 1996) was a leader of the Civil rights movement and later became the first Black woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. Among other notable achievements, Jordan introduced legislature to extend the state ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment, and campaigned to include Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans when extending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and supported the Community Reinvestment Act.

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