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May 15, 1980 - Image 11

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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, May 15, 1980--Page 11
rch for the ERA
Chicago; May 10, 1980
They came from as far as Alaska and Hawaii-every race,
creed, color, age, and sex-to demonstrate their support for
the ERA. They dressed in white to commemorate the suffragist
marches earlier in this century, but their similarity ended there. >
Clockwise, from Right: Men made up about ten per cent
of the crowd; this man marches with a homemade sign,
proclaiming that women's rights are not the concern of only
half the population. Veteran feminist Betty Friedan joins the
dozens of speakers who addressed the crowd of 80-100,000 in £ \
Grant Park, while an interpreter translates for the deaf. A \
group of South Bend, Ind. residents carry their own banner as f
mounted police look on. Fending off the Lake Michigan breeze
with a leopard-skin coat, a UAW member poses with her co-
workers. A woman from Washington state, which, unlike
Illinois, has ratified the ERA, celebrates her equality. Two
friends meet each other in the crowd. Four ERA supporters
illuminate the plight of working women, who are paid on the
national average 59 cents to every dollar men make. A woman
dressed in sailor's garb shows that though you've come a long
way, baby, you've still got far to go. It took two hours to get
everybody lined up to march; these demonstrators mingle,
trying to find their own organizations. Finally, Ms. Magazine k
editor Gloria Steinem and former Congressmember Bella
Abzug confer on stage during the speeches. In the background
are actress Marlo Thomas, talk show host Phil Donahue, and
actress Jean Stapleton.
the ER A in Illinois will determine what will
est of the century. And if the Illinois politicians
vill be the end of a lot of political careers. z
-Betty Friedan b
Founder, NOW Photos by
Maureen
O'Malley

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