OLLI: The Equal Rights Amendment: History, Prospects, Scope

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OLLI: The Equal Rights Amendment: History, Prospects, Scope

January 23 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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An event every week that begins at 3:00 PM on Thursday, repeating until February 27, 2020

$10 – $15

This course explores the many aspects of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), designed to permanently guarantee equal rights for all American citizens regardless of gender. First introduced to Congress in 1923, it was approved by the House of Representatives in 1971 and the U.S. Senate in 1972. It then needed ratification by 38 state legislatures by 1979, but only reached 35. More recently the Nevada and Illinois state legislatures ratified it in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

January 16 • History of the ERA. Dr. Katherine Kidd, Retired Professor of International Relations

January 23 • Legal Constitutional Issues of the ERA. Professor Tom Gerety, New York University Law School

January 30 • The ERA and the National Women’s Political Caucus. Amy Diamond, Chair, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus PAC

February 6 • The ERA, Abortion and Reproductive Rights. Professor Carrie Baker, Smith College

February 13 • The ERA and Issues of Family Violence and Sexual Abuse of Women. Andrea Harrington, Berkshire County District Attorney

February 27 • For People Like Me: Visibility and Employment in the LGBTQ Community. Landon Marchant and Leo Haines, Williams College students and advocates for LGBTQ people


January 23
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
$10 – $15
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