Nevada just shot long-needed energy into the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment, a battle in which Illinois is very much in the mix.

In March, Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the ERA, four decades after the last state — Indiana — did so.

A recap for those unfamiliar with the ERA, a proposed constitutional amendment that once dominated our national conversation. With these 24 words words, it would give equal rights to women and men: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

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