Washington Gender Equality, HJR 61 (1972)

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The Washington Gender Equality Amendment, also known as House Joint Resolution 61, was on the November 7, 1972 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure provided that equality of rights and responsibilities shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex.[1] The measure added Article XXXI of the Washington State Constitution.[2]

Election results

Washington HJR 61 (1972)
Approveda Yes 645,115 50.13%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

See also: Washington State Constitution, Article XXXI

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

Shall a new article be added to the state constitution to provide that equality of rights and responsibilities under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex, and to authorize the legislature to enforce this provision by the enactment of appropriate legislation?[3]

Constitutional changes

Section 1. Equality of rights and responsibility under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex.
Section 2. The legislature shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

See also

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1972 Voters Pamphlet", accessed August 23, 2013
  2. Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution", accessed August 26, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.