Nevada Women and the Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment was intended to give women the same rights as men in the Constitution.  But it didn’t get enough ratifications, and it never passed.  Back in 1975, it was the hottest debated issue in the Nevada legislature.  A group of Nevada women decided to push for its ratification, and suddenly found themselves locked in a battle with politicians, housewives, and even the Mormon Church.  Those women join us to talk about their activism, and why they think women today still don’t have equal rights.
Caryll Dziedziak, historian
Harriet Trudell, ERA activist
Renee Diamond, ERA activist
Harriet Trudell being arrested at the US Capitol Rotunda March 1995 protesting the passage of the House welfare reform.
Harriet Trudell arrested at the US Capitol Rotunda in March 1995 while protesting the passage of the House welfare reform. Credit: Special Collections Dept, UNLV

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