American women were tonight celebrating what some people described as the greatest triumph for womanhood since they won the right to vote in 1920.
American women were tonight celebrating what some people described as the greatest triumph for womanhood since they won the right to vote in 1920. Yesterday, (August 10) the House of Representatives approved an amendment to the U.S. constitution stipulating that "equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, or any state, on account of sex."
The legislation was approved by 346 votes to 15, largely due to legislative manoeuvring by Mrs. Martha Griffiths -- veteran Democrat Congresswoman from Michigan.
Opposition came from a fellow Democrat, 81-year-old Mr. Emmanuel Celler, chairman of the judiciary committee which last considered the question in 1948.
Dismissing the idea of trying to force equality between men and women, Mr Celler said: "there is as much difference between a male and a female as there is between a horse chestnut and a chestnut horse."
At the same time, Mrs Griffiths compatriots in New York were doing their own thing ... the movement.
Mayor John Lindsay signed a bill barring discrimination against women in the city's public places. As a result women were able to drink in one New York bar for the first time in 174 years.
But drinking was about all they could do. The manager of the bar--- McSorley's Old Ale House a male only refuge since it opened in 1796 insisted he would not build a ladies room or even put a latch on the mens lavatory.