Vintage is in, from the Camaro to vintage typefaces. Not excluded from this blast from the past revival is retro legislation — Rachel Maddow highlighted the renewed interest in the Equal Rights Amendment, a failed constitutional amendment that would ban discrimination because of a person's gender.

The ERA has been reintroduced in the wake of the failure of the Wal-Mart class action lawsuit, in which more than a million women were passed over for promotions and punished more severely than their male counterparts at the largest private employer in the country.

Watch out for cameos by Phyllis Schlafly and Bruce the shark in Rachel Maddow's brief history of the ERA, below.

Originally aired June 28, 2011 on MSNBC, embedded courtesy MSNBC.

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