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Proposed 27th Amendment (ERA)

Constitutional amendment (proposed but not ratified)

In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment for women, but it was never ratified by the states.

Proposed 27th Amendment (ERA)

Section I. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section II. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section III. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.