Big developments today in Washington, DC.!
Breaking news: Virginia is officially the 38th state to ratify the ERA!
Incredible day today in the Virginia General Assembly where the House voted 58-40 and the Senate voted 27-12, to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment!
Richmond, VA — Today Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA has now fulfilled the requirements of Article V of the Constitution to become an amendment. It is a momentous day for America, more than two hundred years after women were intentionally left out of the Constitution and exactly one hundred years after women achieved the right to vote through the 19th Amendment. The ERA Coalition welcomes this historic breakthrough for women.
We want to share with you the breaking news from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in his most recent Dear Colleague letter, indicating legislation that will be voted on in the upcoming weeks. HJ Res 79, Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s bill to remove the time limit, will be taken up the week of February 10th.
On Monday, January 27th we will be in Richmond for the final celebration of Virginia’s vote to become the 38th and final state needed for ratification of the ERA. Each chamber of the Virginia General Assembly–the House of Delegates and the Senate–will vote on the other’s ERA resolution that passed last Wednesday, January 15th. This final determination will be sent on to the Archivist.
An extraordinary day, nearly a century in the making, nearly half a century since Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and states began the ratification process: something really big to put in the DONE! category–the state of Virginia today voted to become the 38th state to ratify the ERA.