CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 13, 1977
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(Studio) Last state to ratify ERA was IN in January; 3 more needed to make it part of Constitution. Florida legislature defeats it.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Tallahassee, Florida) Women's advocate Betty Friedan had stayed in town to lobby for ERA, even when she expected defeat. Debate conts. for 4 hrs. [State Senator Philip LEWIS - says he got letter from President Carter and call from Vice President Mondale, but doesn't feel it's pressure.] Bill's sponsor, Senator Lori Wilson from Cocoa Beach, talks about ERA's difficulty in South. [WILSON - cites views of South men's attitude to such issues as ERA.] [FRIEDAN - asks what kind of pressure made men, committed to constituents' wishes, vote against bill.]
REPORTER: Betsy Aaron
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