Frederick, Jeri

Jeri Frederick was a young college student at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois when she began working for the local chapter of the National Organization for Women.  Over the next two years, NOW fought an extended battle, trying to convince the Illinois State Legislature to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Springfield became the epicenter of the ERA fight in the United States. Frederick attended a rally in Detroit (protesting at the Republican National Convention in 1980), and pro-ERA rallies in Chicago and Springfield, and talks about her disappointment when ERA was finally defeated in early 1982