"The ERA Is a Moral Issue": The Mormon Church, LDS Women, and the Defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment

  title={"The ERA Is a Moral Issue": The Mormon Church, LDS Women, and the Defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment},
  author={Neil J. Young},
  journal={American Quarterly},
  pages={623 - 644}
  • N. Young
  • Published 3 October 2007
  • History
  • American Quarterly
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