There’s no time limit on granting equal rights for women.
That’s what many citizens have been arguing since the 1970s and 1980s, when an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the Constitution stalled a few states short of being enacted.
Congress is getting ready to debate whether the 1982 deadline for passage was valid, and whether states could be allowed to take back their approval.
Joe Heim, retired UW-La Crosse political scientist, says the ERA seemed to frighten many people, who thought the amendment might lead to expansion of abortion, or the drafting of women.
Heim says more states have ratified the amendment, while others have reversed themselves, since a 10-year deadline expired.