To ERA or not to ERA, That is the Question

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Should the Equal Rights Amendment be ratified? Is such an amendment to the Constitution necessary to ensure that all women enjoy equal protection under the law? After reading two primary source documents, class members engage in a fishbowl discussion of the question. Consider expanding the question to include other groups and having class groups locate primary sources that support their position.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Still a valid question worthy of consideration
Cons

  • While the question is worthy of discussion, the limited and dated (1970s) primary source documents would make it difficult to stage a debate based on the merits of the question
  • Limits the discussion to equal rights for women
Common Core