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Aren’t equal rights already guaranteed to women in the US Constitution?

Most people think so, but they’re wrong. As John Oliver points out in the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, that’s why women (and their male allies) have fought for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment for almost a century now.

Nearly half a century has passed since the Senate ratified the ERA in 1972. And with passage in 37 states, only one more state legislature needs to ratify the amendment to make it law. What would happen if the ERA finally passes? Why has ratification taken so long? And how can America finally break through to guarantee equality?

What sounds dry and wonkish becomes mischief in Oliver’s hands — especially his tender treatment of right-wing gargoyles like the late Phyllis Schlafly who stood in ERA’s way.

Click, laugh, and learn.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."