(Richmond, VA) Today, Virginia became the 38th state to approve the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the U.S. Constitution following a Senate and House vote. The ERA would guarantee equal legal rights for all Americans, regardless of sex. Despite this vote, the Department of Justice recently announced that the deadline to ratify the ERA has expired, which could impact its ability to move forward.
The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center:
“This is a critical moment to make the promise of gender equality a reality for all of us. We applaud Virginia for voting to affirm the ERA and gender justice. Lawmakers should continue the hard work of implementing policies that fight for equal rights for people of all genders, including tackling challenges from the persistence of unequal pay to access to reproductive health care to sexual harassment to LGBTQ discrimination to pregnancy discrimination. We call on Congress to lift the deadline on ratification of the ERA because the fight for equality cannot wait.”