The “ERA Yes! The Fight for Gender Equality in Illinois” exhibit at the Daley Library recalls a time before the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was ratified, showcasing women’s rights activists and their bumpy path to legal equality.
The Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives on the third floor of the Daley Library is hosting the exhibit, which includes pictures, publications and artifacts centered on the fight for equal rights. The exhibit features the history of the women involved with the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which officially was passed in Illinois in April 2018.
“One of the legacies was that it got a lot of women involved in politics,” said David Greenstein, Special Collections and University Archives lecturer.
The various tactics of pro-ERA activists paint a picture of the journey that started in 1972, when the amendment was sent to Illinois.