Today Chief Patron House Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy's ERA resolution HJ 1 was voted out of the House Privileges and Elections Committee by a vote of 13-9. The ERA had been stopped there many times before.

Left: Delegate Hala Ayala
Right: Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy

We are happy to report that both the Senate and the House of Delegates in Virginia will vote on their ERA resolutions tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Much excitement and anticipation surround this historic time--we will be there to stand witness to equality. It may have taken nearly a century since Alice Paul first introduced the ERA, but we are about to see that quest to ban sex discrimination in the U.S. Constitution realized -- and it is so sweet. Our statement:

For immediate release

(Jan 14, 2020) Richmond, VA

The ERA Coalition was thrilled to witness the Equal Rights Amendment voted out of the Virginia House of Delegates committee for the first time in the state’s history today. It now moves to the floor of the House of Delegates where a vote is expected on Wednesday at the same time the Virginia Senate votes on its ERA bill.

Once Virginia ratifies the ERA, the amendment will have met the requirements set forth in Article V of the Constitution for amendments. Exactly one hundred years after women got the right to vote, women will finally have equal constitutional rights.

For more information about the Equal Rights Amendment and ERA Coalition, please visit our website.

ABOUT THE ERA COALITION:

The ERA Coalition was founded in 2014 to bring concerted, organized action to the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA Coalition has a sister organization, the Fund for Women’s Equality, which promotes public education and outreach on the need for constitutional equality. Comprised of nearly one hundred organizations across the country, the Coalition provides education and advocacy on Constitutional Equality. The ERA Coalition’s groundbreaking research indicates that more than 94% of all Americans want an Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA Coalition has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

Press Contact: Marianne Stack 804-405-1678  mstack@eracoalition.org

We are pleased to share with you a joint statement from Senators Cardin and Murkowski encouraging all states to complete ratification, disagreeing with the Justice’s Department opinion that states can no longer ratify the ERA. Please feel free to share widely. The statement can be found on this link: https://www.cardin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/cardin-murkowski-encourage-states-to-complete-ratification-of-the-equal-rights-amendment

If you are not able to join us tomorrow in person in Richmond, here are the links for the votes, expected at noon, January 15, 2020.

Senate Livestream: https://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

House Livestream: https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/chamber/chamberstream.php

Once again, we are so glad to have you as a companion on this journey!

In solidarity,

Carol Jenkins
CEO & Co-President
ERA Coalition


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