One of the most vocal and effective opponents of the ERA was Phyllis Schlafly, who quickly set up the National Committee to Stop ERA in 1972.
She portrayed feminism and the ERA as “a total assault on the role of the American woman as a wife and mother, and on the family as the basic unit of society.”
Anti-feminists argued that the ERA would force women to fight in wars and lead to unisex public toilets, among other things.
In 1975 the Supreme Court ruled that women had to be routinely called for jury duty just as men were.
Until this decision, Louisiana women who wanted to serve on juries had to request for the chance in writing.