The Florida Fight for Equality: The Equal Rights Amendment, Senator Lori Wilson and Mediated Catfights in the 1970s
In 1977, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) required ratification by three more states before it could be added to the U.S. Constitution. Florida was considered a battleground state and as the vote deadline loomed, pro- and anti- forces held marches and protests while celebrities and politicians visited the state to rally each side. In the midst of the heavy media coverage stood Florida Senator Lori Wilson-one of the few women in the legislature and a sponsor of the ERA. This study examines the fight leading up to that 1977 Florida defeat of the measure by looking at the media's coverage of the ERA battles, women-versus-women themes and Senator Wilson's mediated representation. It concludes with the current status of the ERA in Florida.
Voss, Kimberly Wilmot
"The Florida Fight for Equality: The Equal Rights Amendment, Senator Lori Wilson and Mediated Catfights in the 1970s,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 88:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol88/iss2/4