“I can’t help but remember that my own mother was born without the right to vote,” Maloney said. “And our founding mothers were so brilliant. They had two goals: One was to gain the right to vote from which would come all power, and the second was to put us into the constitution. I read one of their papers that said, if you don’t watch out we’ll be back here in Seneca Falls in 150 years and still not be in the constitution. Well, guess what? We’re still not in the constitution.”
Since 1972, the day has been designated “Women’s Equality Day" a reminder that, though it was proposed in 1923, the U.S. still does not have an Equal Rights Amendment. The last of the 38 states needed to ratify the bill, Virginia, only came on board earlier this year, 28 years after the deadline for ratification passed. That deadline has since been struck down.