The votes today in favor of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia’s House of Delegates and Senate mark a huge step in the fight for women’s equality.
The decision by Old Dominion state lawmakers makes Virginia the 38th and final state needed to make the ERA part of the Constitution.
The issuing today of the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion on the arbitrary timeline on the Equal Rights Amendment is not binding. In fact, the timeline in the preamble of the ERA itself is not binding.
The filing this week of a lawsuit in a federal district court in Alabama by Alabama, Louisiana, and South Dakota attorneys general attempting to stop efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment is nothing more than political grandstanding.
On November 13, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.J. Res 79, a resolution that would remove the arbitrary time limit for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
The House Judiciary Committee today marked up H.J. Res 79, a resolution that would eliminate the time limit for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Feminists won big in the Virginia state legislative races yesterday—and the Equal Rights Amendment, which was stopped from coming to the floor for a vote in 2019 and for more than two decades by Republican leadership, will now have both a strong Democratic majority in the House and Senate, with ERA supporters in the majority of both houses.
“We are finally within reach of true equality for girls and women in the United States, thanks to the voters of Virginia and supporters across the country.”
Women and their rights are still not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution—but the ERA can fix that. Let’s ring in Independence Day by demanding it.
“None of this is that complicated. Equality for women should be a basic principle of our society. If you think it already is, great, all the more reason for us to write it down. And if you think it isn’t, then we badly need the ERA.”