A note to let you know that many legislators attending the State of the Union tonight will be wearing the classic green ERA buttons worn for years by supporters. Last year our DC Director/Director of Outreach and Advocacy, Bettina Hager, rushed the pins to the members and we got iconic shots of the newly elected Democratic women wearing white–and our pins. This year Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who sponsors HJ Res 79, the bill to remove the time limit that will be voted on next week in the House, is bringing back that trend.
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!
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.