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Petition against ERA, Diocesan Bureau of Social Service, Hartford, Connecticut, February 4, 1924

The Connecticut Council of Catholic Women petitioned Congress in protest of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Voicing concern for the nation’s nearly 12 million women industrial workers, they argued that the ERA would invalidate such hard-won special protections as mother’s compensation and limitation of women’s work hours, unless men received the same benefits.

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It has taken years to obtain legislation which will offer the right protection to women workers…With the passage of this measure all of this legislation will be invalidated unless there is similar legislation for men.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives and Records Administration