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Smithsonian Showcase: ERA bracelet

July 13, 2012

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An Equal Rights Amendment bracelet, owned by Alice Paul (yes, Hillary Swank in Iron-Jawed Angels, most known for picketing the White House for women’s suffrage during World War I) and displayed in the American Stories exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The bracelet has images of eleven of the thirty-five states that ratified the ERA. Although the ERA was passed by Congress, sadly it failed to gain the support it needed in the ratification process.

Read more about the ERA at www.equalrightsamendment.org/, or check out the chronology of the amendment at NOW. And I can’t compare Jane Mansbridge’s Why We Lost the ERA to any other books on the subject, as this is the only one I’ve read, but her presentation of the issues at play was absolutely fascinating.

(A note about the title: one of the things I’m most looking forward to in this next stage of my life is being near such wonderful museums. And a mini blog post, featuring an item that I found especially fabulous and a little history or additional resources, will give me a chance to do some additional research and share the joy with all of my lovely readers. So enjoy– I certainly will!)

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