40th Anniversary | Equal Rights Advocates
Fighting for Women's Equality
Standing Strong,
Moving Women Forward
ERA's 40th Anniversary
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This is the case for our work

Until 1979, women were actively barred from being San Francisco firefighters. But in 1984, Equal Rights Advocates and a coalition of social justice partners intervened, and SFFD agreed to increase its ranks of women. Today, SFFD is led by a woman fire chief and 15% of its firefighters are women.

ERA’s high impact efforts over the last forty years have provided millions of women with a fair chance to succeed.

A mission and vision that is 40 years strong

The year is 1974. The pioneering young women lawyers who’d named their brand new not-for-profit law firm Equal Rights Advocates descended on the United States Supreme Court to end discrimination against pregnant workers. While they lost the case, they eventually won the battle with passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act four years later. This was the first of many gender equity victories achieved by the vanguards that founded Equal Rights Advocates and the fierce advocates that followed.

Continue reading the case for our work.

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