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“Ladies, Have You Heard?: The Strange History of the Equal Rights Amendment in New Mexico” by Dr. Jamie Bronstein at Branigan Cultural Center 2017

During her research on New Mexico history, Dr. Bronstein came upon a collection of telegrams in the governor’s papers from the archive in Santa Fe. They were from women in 1972 and demanded a reform of New Mexico’s community property laws. Following up on her discovery, she found that there had been many requests for the reformation of the community property laws for many decades.

Her lecture will focus on the creation of New Mexico’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment of 1972 and its own state equal rights amendment. The talk will also focus on how the equal rights movement was nearly derailed by a backlash of conservative women in the state on New Mexico, and the anti-ERA movement being transplanted from Texas to New Mexico.

Dr. Bronstein has been teaching at NMSU since graduating from Stanford University in 1996. She is the author of numerous articles and five books: Land Reform and Working-Class Experience in Britain and the United States, 1800-1862 (Stanford, 1999); Caught in the Machinery: Workplace Accidents and Injured Workers in 19th-century Britain (Stanford, 2008); Transatlantic radical: John Francis Bray (Merlin, 2009); with Andrew Harris, Empire, State and Society: Modern Britain, 1830-present (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013); Two Nations, Indivisible: A History of American Inequality (Prager, 2016). This most recent book chronicles the persistent history of social inequality in the United States from the American Revolution to the present.

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit the website at: or call 575.541.2154.

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