From 1923 to 1970, some form of the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in each session of Congress. The legislation was generally held up in committee and, therefore, was never put to a vote. However, on June 11, 1970 Representative Martha Griffiths introduced this motion to discharge H.J. Res. 264, a joint resolution for an equal rights amendment to the Constitution, out of the Judiciary Committee so that it could be considered by the House. The House passed the joint resolution on August 10. The Senate subsequently attempted to add provisions exempting women from the draft, effectively preventing the bill from passing Congress that session.
Representative Martha Griffiths’s Discharge Petition for the Equal Rights Amendment, 6/11/1970, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (ARC 4397830)