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The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of materials chronicling Minnesota's history and culture. The goals of the Collections Department are to collect and preserve; provide access and interpretation; and engage in education and outreach. This blog is a tool to share these stories and let people know what is happening in the department.

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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 12, 2019

This button was created in support of the proposed ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1982. The ERA's goal was to ensure equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. At one point in 1977 the amendment had 35 of the necessary 38 state's ratification, but it failed to become law due to some states withdrawing support and then the passing of deadlines. This issue has come up again in the 2019 Minnesota Legislature, but not on the federal level.