Today, January 9, a Virginia Senate committee passed a resolution to ratify the ERA in the state. The vote passed 10-5, with Republican Senator Jill Vogel joining the Democrats in passing the measure.

If Virginia passes the ERA, the state would become the 38th and final state necessary to ratify the Amendment in the United States Constitution.

The Equal Rights Amendment would strengthen protections in sex discrimination cases, including sexual violence and pregnancy discrimination. Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority, stated, “the Equal Rights Amendment begins its march to victory in Virginia today”.

Source: New York Times 1/9/20

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