The Equal Rights Amendment and the Rise of Emancipationism

I am thrilled to see my article, “The Equal Rights Amendment and the Rise of Emancipationism,” published in Frontiers‘ special issue on the ERA. My article is based on a paper that I presented at “The ERA in the 21st Century” conference in November 2013. It also builds upon two chapters from my PhD dissertation, which I successfully defended in March 2014.

My article documents that dramatic increase in support for the ERA from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s. It argues that the destabilizing nature of the Great Depression and the World War II helped ERA proponents create a coalition of supporters that transcended conventional societal divisions.


As I have mentioned in other posts, I am currently working on a book manuscript that incorporates this research to uncover how the original ERA conflict reformulated the concept of full American citizenship to include separate standards with sex-specific rights for men and women citizens.

Okay, enough with the shameless self-promotion. If you want to hear more about my research, feel free to comment or email me. Otherwise, keep an eye out for my next post on the Watergate Scandal.

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