These letters were written in opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. Margaret Austin Stone, Secretary of the National Committee to Defeat the Un-Equal Rights Amendment and to Promote Equal Opportunities, sent these letters to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Hatton Sumners
. Several organizations are listed on the letterhead, which opposed the proposed constitutional amendment granting men and women equal rights. Mrs. Stone strongly urges Chairman Sumners to oppose the amendment because of the adverse effect it would have on pending social security legislation. Also, Mrs. Stone seeks to encourage Congress to postpone consideration of the amendment until the war with Japan ends so that there would be the maximum number of voters available to vote on the measure. Although another version of the Equal Rights Amendment was passed by the House of Representatives in 1971 and by the Senate in 1972, it was never fully ratified by the states.