Full Caption: Demonstrators opposed to the ERA in front of the White House. Photograph by Warren K. Leffler, February 4, 1977. U.S. News & World Report Collection. Prints and Photographs Division. LC-U9-33889A, frame 31-31A. Full Caption: Demonstrators opposed to the ERA in front of the White House. Photograph by Warren K. Leffler, February 4, 1977. U.S. News & World Report Collection. Prints and Photographs Division. LC-U9-33889A, frame 31-31A.

In February 1977 demonstrators gathered at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to protest White House involvement in the effort to ratify the federal equal rights amendment, reminding President Carter that daughters might become subject to registering for the draft and First Lady Rosalynn Carter that women feared losing their social security benefits. The chairman of Stop ERA, Phyllis Schlafly, elucidated the principle underlying their protest in a press release: “now the Carters insist upon intruding into the amending process of our Constitution which is absolutely a legislative matter reserved strictly to Congress and the state legislatures.”

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