On July 9, 1978, the one year anniversary of Alice Paul's death, the streets of Washington, D.C. were filled with marchers wearing the colors of the National Woman's Party: purple, white, and gold. Over one hundred thousand women and men gathered that day in Alice's honor to support the Equal Rights Amendment she championed. They demonstrated to petition Congress to extend the ratification deadline, which was imposed when the amendment passed in 1972 and was set to expire the next year. Even though polling showed that a majority of Americans supported the #ERA, ratification was stalled, three states short of the ratifications needed to make the amendment part of the U.S. Constitution. The larger-than-expected turnout, which shocked organizers and delayed the rally at the Capitol as police scrambled to contain the crowds, made it appear that success was on the horizon.
Were you at the march? What do you remember about the Equal Rights Amendment?
This pin from the march is one of the many promotional items from the campaign for the #EqualRightsAmendment that are included in the NWP collection, now cared for by the National Park Service. #MuseumMonday