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Editorial: Amendment trivia

The Equal Rights Amendment was first attempted in 1923, shortly after women got the right to vote through the 19th Amendment. August 2020 will see the centennial of the ratification of that law. Our foremothers had waited a long time for the opportunity to cast their ballots.

The ERA of the modern period got its start in 1971, with approval from the U.S. House of Representatives that year and the Senate in 1972.

The original ratification deadline was 1979, later extended to 1982. Thirty-seven states have ratified; 38 are needed.

Other proposed amendments also failed in ratification and have faded from memory. These include, as explained on Wikipedia:

The Congressional Apportionment Amendment, proposed by Congress in 1789 with no deadline, thus still pending;

The Titles of Nobility Amendment, approved in Congress in 1810, to strip United States citizenship from any citizen who accepted a title of nobility from any foreign power. Without a deadline, it too is still pending;

The Cor...

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