Posts tagged "Virginia"

Virginia Becomes the 38th State to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

The United States has never been closer to officially creating an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the U.S. Constitution. On Tuesday, January 14, a Virginia statehouse committee approved a measure to “bring the amendment to a full vote” which was voted upon by the Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate on Wednesday, January 15....

Congressional Democrats Eye Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment After Virginia Elections

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from New York, announced Friday that the House Judiciary Committee would be marking up a bill eliminating the deadline for states to adopt the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which was one state short of the 38 needed for ratification when the deadline passed in 1982. The markup of...

Democrats Win Control of Virginia Legislature and Claim Narrow Victory in Kentucky Governor’s Race

Democrats won complete control of the Virginia government for the first time in more than two decades Tuesday and claimed a narrow victory in Kentucky’s governor race, as Republicans captured the governor’s mansion in Mississippi. In winning majorities in both chambers of the Virginia legislature, Democrats have cleared the way for Governor Ralph S. Northam...

Virginia Women’s College Updates Transgender Student Policy

A private women’s college in Virginia announced Wednesday a new policy allowing students transitioning from female to male while at school to remain enrolled and earn their degree, marking an important change in student support. Under the new guidelines at Hollins University in Roanoke, enrolled students who transition from female to male will no longer...

In Mixed Ruling Virginia Court Upholds Two Abortion Laws, Overturns Two Others

On Monday, a federal judge gave a mixed ruling on Virginia abortion laws, overturning two restrictive laws, but upholding two. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled on the case that challenged four Virginia laws that restrict abortion access, commonly known as TRAP laws, or targeted restrictions on abortion providers. Hudson overturned two laws, one...

Virginia Governor Calls Special Session on Guns

Tuesday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called a special session on guns in response to the May 31 Virginia Beach shooting; however, Republicans adjourned the legislature until November after 90 minutes in session. The Governor hoped to pass bills on gun control to prevent further mass shootings in a state with some of the weakest gun...

Supreme Court Upholds Virginia Redistricting

On Monday, June 17th,  the Supreme Court decided to uphold district re-drawings in spite of republican’s challenge to reverse racially gerrymandered districts. Written by Justice Ginsburg, majority 5-4 decision states Virginia preferred to “stop than fight on,” illuminating that they are ready for an election with these already redrawn districts. These districts were originally drawn...

Virginia ERA Advocates Rally In Support of Rule Change

On Thursday, prior to first readings of the rule changes set forth by Virginia Delegate Hala Ayala (D-Prince William) and Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), a rally in support of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was held on the steps of Virginia’s Capitol. Advocates heard from local and national speakers on the importance of the ERA,...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Refusing to Resign Despite Backlash

On Monday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, in a TV interview, stated that he will not be resigning after a picture of him in black face surfaced, despite the backlash he has received, and promised to use his platform as governor to help Virginia “heal.” Angered Americans have made numerous calls for Northam’s resignation, but Northam...

VA House of Delegates Table Abortion Bill That Loosens Restrictions on Late-Term Abortions

A proposed Virginia bill meant to loosen several restrictions on abortions, such as eliminating any procedures and processes required that affect a woman’s informed consent, and easing late-term abortion requirements, was tabled by a subcommittee after videos of Del. Kathy Tran defending the bill went viral. Del. Kathy Tran’s remarks went viral after she said...

Virginia Senate Passes ERA

The Republican majority Senate of the state of Virginia passed a resolution to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment on Tuesday, the 15th. The resolution was passed by a vote of 26 to 14.

Equal Rights Amendment Passes Virginia Senate

BREAKING: The Virginia State Senate has passed the Equal Rights Amendment by a vote of 26-14. More details will be announced tomorrow.

Feminist Majority Foundation Wins Groundbreaking Ruling from Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Title IX Online Sexual Harassment Case

On December 19, 2018, in a major victory for students nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a historic decision in Feminist Majority Foundation et al. v. University of Mary Washington et al.

Virginia could be the Historic Vote to Guarantee Equal Rights Nationwide

For the past ten days Virginia lawmakers have been travelling the state on a bus tour advocating for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. This is significant because Virginia could become the 38th state to ratify the ERA; 38 states are needed for ratification and a bipartisan group of Virginia legislators want Virginia to...

Feminist Candidates Find Support in Battleground Districts

A recent poll in eleven battleground districts, including districts in Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, Arizona, and Minnesota, revealed that about half of voters support electing feminist candidates. In Kentucky’s sixth district, 47 percent of voters supported electing more feminist candidates, while more than 50 percent of voters supported feminist candidates in Pennsylvania,...

Virginia Board of Health Reviewing TRAP Laws

The Virginia Board of Health is reviewing the state’s “Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities” and asking for broad public feedback concerning how people feel about Virginia’s TRAP laws, or targeted regulations on abortion providers. The Feminist Majority Foundation and other women’s rights organizations are asking Virginians to submit a comment urging the Board of...

Virginia Medicaid Expansion to Begin January 1

Two weeks ago, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam approved a state budget that included allocations for Medicaid expansion. The expansion will go into effect on January 1 and will cover over 400,000 currently uninsured adults.

Court Upholds Rights of Transgender Student Under Title IX

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Allens ruled in favor of former-high school student Gavin Grimm by refusing to dismiss his case against the Gloucester County School Board over the right of transgender students to use bathrooms that corresponds to their gender identity.

Federal Appeals Court Hears Title IX Complaint Brought by Feminist Majority Foundation

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments in a Title IX sex discrimination complaint brought by the Feminist Majority Foundation against the University of Mary Washington and UMW’s former president Richard Hurley.

Fairfax County Pushes Virginia to Ratify ERA

On Tuesday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously for a resolution in support of the Virginia legislature ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.