The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1923. It was introduced again and again each congressional session until it passed in 1972. Unlike most other constitutional amendments, though, Congress saddled this amendment with a deadline by which ratification by the states was to occur. The established deadline came and went without the required ratification by the required three-fourths of the states. Constitutionally mandated equal rights for women were declared dead.
But, not so fast.