(Answered) POLI330N Week 7 Discussion: Our Struggle for Freedom, Civil Liberties And Political Equality

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 15, 16
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (can include your textbook)

Initial Post Instructions

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:

  • Option 1: The Equal Rights Amendment was first proposed almost a century ago and has still not been added to the United States Constitution. It is supposed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It was first introduced to Congress by Alice Paul, leader of women’s suffrage movement in 1923. Compare/contrast the Equal Rights Amendment with the Fourteenth Amendment. Did they deal with separate concepts? Explain your answer.
  • Option 2: The Bill of Rights is not only included with the United States Constitution but also state constitutions. All states have provisions in their constitutions that protect individual rights. Go online and look up your state constitution concerning amendments that are included in the Bill of Rights. How does your state constitution protect your individual rights?

Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Minimum of 1 scholarly source which can include your textbook or assigned readings or may be from your additional scholarly research.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
  • Cite your sources when applicable (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside scholarly source)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references


Option 1

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) demands for gender equality and focuses on advancing more rights concerning issues women face in our society such as equal pay, family leave, sexual harassment, discrimination…etc. (Greenberg et al., 2021). The amendment was written by two leaders of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman in 1923. It was approved by congress in 1972 but congress set a deadline goal that requires at least 38 states to approve it. This goal fell short back in 1979 and 1982 and is still in the process of getting ratified as a Constitutional Amendment (Cohen & Codrington III, 2020).

The Fourteenth Amendment grants all citizens equal rights regardless of their color or sex. The equal protection clause under the first article of the fourteenth amendment also provides equal treatment by the government of all people residing in the United States (Greenberg et al., 2021). So basically, it should give women equal rights and protect them against…Please click the icon below to purchase the full answer at only $5.