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The Equal Rights Amendment made its way back into the Missouri House

April 11, 2001
By: Seth Bachelier
State Capital Bureau

It's an issue that comes up almost every year at Missouri's capitol. But this time it came to a vote. Seth Bachelier has more from Jefferson City...

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Missouri's House took a vote on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

And, it failed by a 94-57 margin.

But, sponsor Deleta Williams says she has reason to keep fighting.

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OutCue: "will eventually prevail."
Contents: Williams says that women fought for seventy plus years to get the right to vote. And she says she thinks it will eventually get ratified.

The U.S. Congress passed the ERA almost 30 years ago.

But, it has not been ratified by the states.

Opponents say it could possibly free up federal money for abortions and same sex marriages.

Seth Bachelier, KMOX News.


An issue that comes up in the Missouri legislature almost every year made it to a vote today, Wednesday, for the first time in almost twenty years. Seth Bachelier has more from Jefferson City...

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Missouri's House voted down the Equal Rights Amendment by a 94-57 margin.

Representative Catherine Hanaway, the first female floor leader in Missouri, voted against it.

That's because she says she would rather lead by example.

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OutCue: "us equal footing."
Contents: Hanaway says that there are other things she can do to promote women's rights, like being elected and doing her job well.

Opponents say that the ERA could free up federal money for abortions and same sex marriages.

The ERA needs to be ratified by three more states to be added to the Constitution.

But, opponents also say this is a dead issue because the U.S. Congress passed the ERA nearly 30 years ago.

From Jefferson City, Seth Bachelier, KMOX News.