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Lesson Plan: The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

Grade Level Grades 9-12


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The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) stated, "Equality of Rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex." This proposed amendment was passed by Congress in 1972 but failed to be ratified by three-fourth of the states. This lesson provides an overview of the proposed amendment, arguments for and against ratification and possible future steps toward ratification. Students will explore different arguments surrounding the ERA and determine if the ERA should be added in the Constitution. This lesson can be used in a traditional or flipped classroom. Teachers can access this free resource by signing up or logging into C-SPAN Classroom. To access the full resource, click here

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