Politics of the Equal Rights Amendment

Lesson Duration

Author: Vision 2020, National Constitution Center

This classroom activity is found on page 67 of the guide for K-12 educators that accompanied the temporary exhibition From the Absence of Many to the Presence of All: The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality  at the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia. The exhibition is part of a national project focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership. This Guide is designed to be flexible, with the intention that you pick and choose, mix and match based on your classroom needs. The activities are designed to engage students and allow them to interact with the material and with each other, and the range of choices provides options for students of different learning styles.


  • By sharing responsibility for interpreting the history of the ERA, and developing a creative way to present a period of the timeline to the class, students will gain an overall understanding of and insights into arguments for and against the proposed Amendment.


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