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Equal Rights Amendment

Activists hold signs supporting ERA
Cathy Carter

Thirty-seven states have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment -- one short of the required three-quarters for passage.   

On Monday, ERA advocates urged state lawmakers to secure Florida as the final state to preserve gender equality in the Constitution.

Former Illinois Republican Rep. Steve Andersson talks about the history of the Equal Rights Amendment at a Athena Society luncheon in Tampa.
Ashley Lisenby | WUSF

Florida could become the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment if resolutions by Democratic state lawmakers are approved.

The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida is demanding equal pay. The Equal Rights Amendment would minimize discrimination in the workplace and give women the opportunity to earn the same wage as men. 

This week Nevada's legislature ratified the Equal Rights Amendment.  It's been 40 years since the last state approved the provision and the move raises questions about Congress' 1982 deadline.