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Yes, each amendment has its own story, but the point I am trying to make with the brevity a letter to the editor requires, is that an amendment is almost impossible to pass, especially in today's hyper partisan environment.

Wiki does not list any Equal Rights amendment in 1972. The reduction of the voting age to 18 was passed in 1971 but the very fact we have to go back 50 years to cite a successful amendment on a substantive (and non partisan) issue itself indicates how difficult it would be to (say) elect a President by popular vote - when that would eliminate the Republican advantage in the electoral college and mean that Bush and Trump would not have been elected.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 9th, 2020 at 04:46:20 PM EST
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It's there, down in unratified:

Equal Rights Amendment    

Would have prohibited deprivation of equality of rights by the federal or state governments on account of sex.    

Initial ratification period ended March 22, 1979, and extension period ended June 30, 1982; amendment failed (status challenged)[a]

by fjallstrom on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 08:02:27 AM EST
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But does that not just reinforce my main point, which is that the US constitution is almost impossible to amend - even for a very worthy cause - without bipartisan support (and then some), and that Republicans are most unlikely to support any amendment which might disadvantage their (minority) voter base at the polls.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Nov 12th, 2020 at 10:45:50 AM EST
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