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    ERA demonstrators at State Capital building, Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 1980s

    ERA demonstrators at State Capital building, Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 1980s
    • Date
    • 1980
    • Creator
    • Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Wilson, Bill (William Bryan), 1914-1993
    • Description
    • Inscribed on print verso: "ERA Demonstrators at Capital." and "Equal Rights Amendments [sic]." Woman holding sign that reads, "Black women for ERA."
    • Rights
    • Photograph by Bill Wilson. Copyright, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Courtesy of
    • Partner
    • Georgia State University. Library. Special Collections; Digital Library of Georgia
    • Contributing Institution
    • Georgia State University. Libraries. Special Collections

Activism for women’s issues in the United States has a very long history, with some notable successes achieved along the way, such as the right to vote achieved in 1920—but many important issues remained unresolved.  The Equal Rights Amendment was first proposed in 1923, but did not pass Congress until 1972, and eventually failed when the ratification deadline expired in 1982.  Another major issue for women involves the ongoing struggle between “pro-choice” and “anti-abortion” advocates.  Substantial activism on these important issues continues today.