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On the State of the ERA … and My State

By Holly Taggart Joseph

I could be mad that the ERA wasn’t in place well before my birth. And sometimes I am.

I could be mad that the resounding effort to pass it in the 70’s and 80’s wasn’t successful. And sometimes I am.

I could be mad that so many are proud of the work they did so long ago on the ERA rather than the work that they might be doing now. And sometimes I am.

I could be mad that not enough is done to pass it quickly now. And sometimes I am.

I could be mad that so many don’t even know that there isn’t an ERA. And sometimes I am.

I could be mad that so many don’t even know enough to be mad that there is no ERA. And sometimes I am.

But I think that all of my energy should be channeled into passing the ERA in my lifetime – for my generation, for my children’s generation, for my grandchildren’s generation, and all to follow.

One more expression of equality would give us all one more thing to be happy – and not mad – about. And I hope that one day that will be.

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