Betty Ford and the ERA

Betty Ford / Equal Rights Amendment / Employment Law / Oviedo Winter Springs Attorneys / Beers and Gordon P.A.Saturday will mark six years from the death of Betty Ford, a woman whose name has arguably surpassed the title of her husband, former President Gerald Ford, who died in 2006. She is remembered largely for the mark she left on those who struggle with substance abuse, founding the Betty Ford Clinic in 1982. But her conservative voice in the 1970s was one of the loudest when it came to equality for women on all matters of property, marriage, and employment. The only problem is that the Equal Rights Amendment, which she spent a large part of her time championing, is one of just a handful of unsuccessful amendments to the constitution.

The Equal Rights Amendment was embraced by the majority of both parties for several years because it stated that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. But the window between congressional passage and state ratification allowed small groups to stoke fear that this amendment would force too many women out of the house, even by military draft. The amendment failed to reach its threshold of approval, but the fight continues for equality by law.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of discrimination, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, OrangeVolusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.