Liberty and justice for all is a defining national tenet of the United States. Beginning with the notion of a self evident truth that all men are created equal as is written in the Declaration of Independence, the struggle to define and protect every American's liberties has been considerable, and complicated.
True equality is elusive to many however, with the omission of one simple amendment to the United States Constitution that ensures that the equality of women is explicit. Proposed in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment - guaranteeing equal rights for women - remains unratified. Women’s freedom to vote came as a hard fought right in 1919. Almost 100 years later, women persist in the fight for equality while society’s views have shifted, and traditional gender roles have evolved, and dissolved.
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