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Why We Lost the ERA (Equal Rights Movement) Paperback – September 15, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0226503585 ISBN-10: 0226503585 Edition: 2nd Printing

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  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 2nd Printing edition (September 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226503585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226503585
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ERA, Mansbridge believes, would have brought little direct change, but its influence on attitudes and on state legislation would have been substantial. Examining the ideologies and strategies of supporters and opponents, Mansbridge's thorough study views the campaign as a case study of voluntary organizations. She finds that both those who worked for and against ERA adopted strong interpretations of its effects both to justify the efforts of volunteers and to inspire them. The clear, perceptive text is amplified by tables and informative notes. Mansbridge's social scientist's analysis pairs well with the historical perspective of Mary Frances Berry's Why ERA Failed ( LJ 9/1/86). Recommended for public and academic libraries. Mary Drake McFeely, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heather on June 26, 2007
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This is a good book about the Equal Rights Amendment. It's easy to read and the author focuses on the opposition to the amendment as well as the groups that support it. It gives a good overview of the amendment and why it failed.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dark Eyed Traditionalist on March 15, 2013
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I give this book five stars not because I agree with Mansbridge and the feminists (I strongly disagree), but because of the information contained in the book. Written in the late 80s, this book is 100% relevant to women today. This book finely showcases the absolute stupidity of the modern feminist movement. Though Mansbridge does state her opinion quite clearly in the book, she does attempt to keep it neutral when discussing the pros and cons of the ERA. She conveniently tells her readers to go ahead and skip to page such and such twice in the book (probably so her female audience wouldn't read about how badly feminism has actually screwed them over- I didn't skip ahead but read the entire thing). She goes on for nearly two hundred pages about all the ways in which the ERA could be interpreted to hurt women and goes into detail about past Supreme Court decisions that could (could being the key word here) effect how the ERA would be interpreted. Pretty much, it would offer no benefit to women the only reason the feminists wanted it was because of what it symbolized (a societal affirmation of the feminist perspective). Never mind that the amendment itself doesn't even mention women. All it would have done is invalidate all laws that protected and favored women (alimony, child custody, child support, statutory rape, different treatment of unwed mothers and fathers, the draft, combat service, etc...). ERA or not, feminists have continuously gotten it their way, which she mentions in the book. Some experts from the book:

"From the beginning, `equal rights' meant ending special benefits.
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