Almost certainly influenced by Alice Hamilton's example, Eleanor Roosevelt declared that she did not oppose the ERA "because I do not think it matters any more." The withdrawal of Roosevelt's opposition was a capstone to Kitchelt's long campaign.
UNITED STATES MISSION
TO THE UNITED NATIONS
May 20, 1952
IN THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, ON DISCRIMINATION
I was opposed for a number of years to the passage of an equal rights amendment to the Constitution because during a number of years I felt that to wipe out all protective legislation in industry for women would be a very dangerous thing to do, and an amendment of that type would have had that effect.
For some years I have not opposed the passage of an equal rights amendment because I do not think it matters any more. Women in my country are now quite able to organize in the trade union field and to protect themselves. That does not mean that I think women have equality with men in my country. I speak primarily for my country because I do not know the conditions in every other country.