The people of Virginia have the opportunity to have their voices heard and play a part in the making of herstory to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). As of today, Virginia may be one of the best opportunities for supporters and advocates of the ERA to be the last state needed to ratify the Amendment, whether it be through connecting with their state legislators, participating in demonstrations, or raising awareness through social media.

The last time the Virginia Senate passed the ERA was on January 15, 2019, but it has not been called for a vote in the full Virginia House of Delegates.

The Virginia Senate and House are next in session on January 9, 2019 – let’s get ERA voted on in THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION!

Call your representative now!

For the 2019 session beginning on January 9, four bills were offered. Senator Glen H. Sturtevant (R-Midlothian) introduced SJ284 ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. HJ 579 ratifying the ERA was introduced by Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge) and was sponsored by the entire Democratic delegation. SJ284 was sponsored by the entire Senate Democratic delegation and four Republican Senators. SJ284 passed the Virginia Senate by a vote of 26 in favor to 14 opposed, including the votes of Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment (R-Willliamsburg), former 2017 gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) and 2017 Lieutenant Governor nominee and State Senator Jill Vogel (R-Upperville). However, SJ284 and HJ 579 along with HJ 577 (introduced by Delegate Sam Rasoul) and HJ 583 were passed by indefinitely by Subcommittee #1 of the House Privileges and Elections Committee by a vote of 4 to 2 against each bill. In the full House Privileges and Elections Committee, on January 25, 2019, HJ 579 was not added to the docket by a vote of 10-12, with Committee Chairman Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) voting against moving the bill to the floor. Delegate David Yancey (R-Newport News) declared his support for the ERA in a speech.

Republican State Legislators who support, sponsored, and/or voted for the ERA in 2019:

Senator Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach)

Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)

Senator Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)

Senator Thomas Norment (R-Williamsburg)

Senator Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian)

Senator Jill Vogel (R-Upperville)

Senator Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)

Electoral Ramifications:

In the 2018 federal election, Democratic candidates defeated Republican incumbents in several elections bringing Virginia from a 7-4 Republican majority to a 7-4 Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives:

In the U.S. Congress, new Democratic members include Elaine Luria (VA-2), Abigail Spanberger (VA-7), and Jennifer Wexton (VA-10). Denver Riggleman (VA-5) and Ben Cline (VA-6) are two new Republican representatives. Eileen Davis, an activist who is the mother of newly-elected Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, is a long-time supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia. https://www.dailyprogress.com/orangenews/news/election-dave-brat-and-abigail-spanberger/article_57c32228-dea4-11e8-9ae9-4bba41330633.html

Virginia’s off-year election cycle for state legislators suggests that policymakers in Virginia may be especially motivated to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. On November 5, 2019, every member of the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates will be up for re-election. Considering the trends in elections that have favored the Democratic candidates with respect to social issues, Republican Delegates representing districts in Northern Virginia could be more likely to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The Virginia Senate’s approval of the Amendment suggests that Virginia is on the cusp of ratifying the Amendment. At the same time, it is possible legislators in more conservative districts may hold steadfast in their opposition.

https://pilotonline.com/news/government/politics/virginia/article_8e7afd72-20bc-11e9-a7ae-3b8642122004.html

Suggested strategies:

Reach across the aisle to Republican leaders such as Senators Vogel, Wagner, Norment, et al. Work with them to convince Speaker Kirk Cox to bring the Equal Rights Amendment to a vote in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Make it happen

72% of Americans won’t join the fight for equal rights because they think the Constitution already guarantees them. We need your help to actually achieve that goal by adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, starting with ratifying the ERA in Virginia. Join our movement.

Invite your crew

Democracy is a team sport. Let your ladies know our time is now.

Organize a Community Screening

Join the dozens of women’s organizations and thousands of women using the EQUAL MEANS EQUAL documentary film to reinvigorate the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment!

Host a screening in your neighborhood and help get the conversation going about the importance of the ERA. Click the button below to organize a screening in your community.

ERA Ratification in the United States: Only ONE more state is needed to ratify the ERA

Who else is in?

37 wins! Thanks to these states for protecting the rights of Americans and fighting to usher in a new ERA.

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Illinois

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