Episode 5 of 9: Two Presidents oppose ERA; Commonsense Amendments to ERA Fail

Democratic Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson had opposed the  ERA. Jewish Women’s Clubs and the Urban League oppose the ERA as well as labor unions.  The ERA will strip tax exemption from single sex private or religious schools, as well as churches with male only clergy.  Attempts to amend the ERA both in the House of Representatives and the Senate to provide some exemptions for the strict scrutiny of ERA enforcement, were all defeated.

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