Holy crap, I was really surprised when I read this on Shakespeare’s Sister, and then read the WaPo article:
New Drive Afoot to Pass Equal Rights Amendment
Federal and state lawmakers have launched a new drive to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, reviving a feminist goal that faltered a quarter-century ago when the measure did not gain the approval of three-quarters of the state legislatures.
The amendment, which came three states short of enactment in 1982, has been introduced in five state legislatures since January. Yesterday, House and Senate Democrats reintroduced the measure under a new name — the Women’s Equality Amendment — and vowed to bring it to a vote in both chambers by the end of the session.
That just makes me so happy I could cry. Maybe we can finally honor Alice Paul the way we should.
This didn’t go further in 2007, but several states made strides. The whole history is available on wikipedia and there is an advocacy organization working on getting this passed.