ABC Evening News for Saturday, Nov 08, 1975
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(Studio) Report on why New Jersey and New York voters didn't make equal rights amendment (ERA) part of their own state laws.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(New York) State statutes called for end to discrimination based on sex. Many housewives felt they were already equal. [New York anti-ERA leader Lucille BACHMAN - felt our traditional roles in society threatened by law.] [Feminist author Betty FRIEDAN - says ERA would help housewife. Must org. to pass ERA.] [Chairperson "Stop ERA" Phyllis SCHLAFLY - says won t let noisy minority, women's liberation, take away rights of wife and mother in home.] Conservative orgs. finance successful movement against ERA. [SCHLAFLY - says ERA will take away rights and benefits from women and do it in name of improving status of women.] Proponents say they must change tactics to win passage. [FRIEDAN - says won't be set back for long.] In 1976, proponents to concentrate on electing representatives for ERA.
REPORTER: Betsy Aaron
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