The U.S. Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment 43 years ago on March 22nd, 1972. The purpose of the ERA was for the U.S. constitution to ensure the equality of the sexes by outlawing discrimination based on sex. The ERA fell three states short of receiving the necessary ratification by 38 states (and later 5 states rescinded their ratification).

Initially written by a suffragette in 1923, the ERA is now part of 30 state legislatures and has been used to further the rights of many citizens, to include helping legalize same-sex marriage. Thus, the legacy of the ERA continues to fight for women's equality today.