Equal Rights Amendment Update

On Monday, Jan. 27, the Virginia General Assembly voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. There is no need for signature by the governor. This is final action of the Commonwealth.

The League of Women Voters issued a press release commending the state Senate and House on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. The League was born when women won voting rights, 100 years ago.

“The Constitution is the bedrock of our laws, and the Equal Rights Amendment will provide enduring protection,” said Deb Wake, president of the League of Women Voters of Virginia. “Virginians overwhelmingly support ratification, and by ratifying the ERA today, Virginia’s General Assembly represents the will of the people.” 

Ratification represented great work by coalitions of many, including League members. The state League commends all who worked for ratification, and congratulates you on this milestone. The Equal Rights Amendment will further equal rights under law and help combat systemic discrimination. 

Our job is not over. The joint resolution enacting the Amendment set forth a deadline. While litigation has been brought seeking to have the deadline declared invalid, Congress is working to remove it out of caution. Virginia’s lawmakers are already on the bills. The League of Women Voters of the United States is working to help educate more lawmakers about these bills.

In support of that effort, we urge you to reach out to friends in other states and ask them to sign on to H.J. Res. 79 and S.J. Res. 6. We can help ensure that the efforts of Virginia, Nevada, and Illinois were not done in vain and will lead to real change. 

With greatest appreciation for those who kept the candle lit, let us celebrate, rest, and move forward.

Deb Wake (she/her)

Read the Press Release from January 17, 2020 HERE.

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