A statement by Representative Barbara Jordan on May 18, 1978, requesting an extension of the 1979 deadline for ERA ratification.

When Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972, it set a seven-year deadline for ratification by the states. In the spring of 1978, as the deadline approached, Representative Barbara Jordan of Texas was one of the congressional leaders advocating for a three-year extension in order to allow more time for the remaining required states to approve the amendment.