National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: August 12, 2013

National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives to Offer Panel Discussion 3-State Strategy: Understanding the Equal Rights Amendment During Womenís Equality Week

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City in partnership with the American Association of University Women and the League of Women Voters will host a panel discussion, 3-State Strategy: Understanding the Equal Rights Amendment, highlighting the history of the Equal Rights Amendment as a part of National Womenís Equality Week, August 25-31, 2013. This program will take place at the National Archives at Kansas City. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the panel discussion.

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women. The ERA was originally written by Alice Paul and, in 1923, it was introduced in the Congress for the first time. In 1972, it passed both houses of Congress and went to the state legislatures for ratification. The ERA failed to receive the requisite number of ratifications before the final deadline mandated by Congress of June 30, 1982, and so it was not adopted.

Panelists will present a history of the ERA; explain what the 3-state strategy is and what it means in 2013; and discuss the overall importance of voting. Panel presenters include Barbara Clark-Evans, Director of Intercultural Center at Kansas City, Kansas Community College; Judy Morgan, Missouri State Representative, district 24; Mary Mosley, co-chair of ERA NOW-Missouri; and Deleta Williams, former Missouri State Representative, district 121.

To make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

The American Association of University Women is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. The organization has a nationwide network of 150,000 members, 1,500 branches, and 500 college and university partners. Its headquarters are in Washington, DC.

The League of Women Voters is an American civic organization that was formed to help women take a larger role in public affairs as they won the right to vote. It was founded in 1920, by Carrie Chapman Catt during the last meeting of the National American Woman Suffrage Association approximately six months before the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution gave women the right to vote. The league is a grassroots organization with chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with approximately 150,000 members.

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