Full Caption: Present Status of the Equal Rights Amendment. Color map in “Wednesday Savvy” section, St. Petersburg Times, October 17, 1979. ACSM Map Design Competition Collection (G3701.F8 1979 .P4 MLC ACSM 79-20). Geography and Map Division. Copyright © 1976 The St. Petersburg Times. Art by Frank Peters. Full Caption: Present Status of the Equal Rights Amendment. Color map in “Wednesday Savvy” section, St. Petersburg Times, October 17, 1979. ACSM Map Design Competition Collection (G3701.F8 1979 .P4 MLC ACSM 79-20). Geography and Map Division. Copyright © 1976 The St. Petersburg Times. Art by Frank Peters.

A map submitted to the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping for its annual map design competition in 1979 shows the regional nature of the states opposing ratification of the ERA. The southeastern and parts of the southwestern portions of the United States formed two distinct blocks, shown as three-dimensional entities, that never passed the ERA. Interestingly, the states that revoked ratification are all contiguous with one of the two blocks of states that never ratified the proposed amendment. Made to accompany a survey of “The up-and-down life of the ERA” in Florida's St. Petersburg Times, the map and the article made it clear that the ERA was not to be won in Florida. In fact, the ERA died in the important non-ratifying states of Florida, Illinois, and North Carolina on the day presidential candidate Ronald Reagan won a landslide victory, November 4, 1980.

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