Thirty-five states ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution from 1972 to 1978. The proposed amendment was passed by both houses of Congress and sent to the states for ratification in 1972. Throughout the 1970s, feminists led the fight for equality as 35 states ratified the ERA. However, the amendment would only become part of the Constitution when three-fourths of the states ratified, a total of 38 out of 50 states. Ultimately, the 1970s ERA was three states short of the required 38 when the final deadline came.
Which states ratified the Equal Rights Amendment? Here is an alphabetical list of the 35 states that voted yes on ERA: