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Press Release: League of Women Voters of NC Applauds Virginia’s Move to Ratify Equal Rights Amendment

January 15, 2020

Raleigh, NC, January 15, 2020 – The League of Women Voters of North Carolina applauds the Virginia General Assembly’s vote today to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Virginia is now the 38th state to ratify the ERA, clearing the way for it to be added to the U.S. Constitution.

“This is a day of celebration, one that is long overdue,” says Jo Nicholas, President of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. “Our League recognizes the many organizations and thousands of people who have been working tirelessly on this issue for many years.”

The Equal Rights Amendment seeks to enshrine our country’s values of fairness and equality in the United States Constitution: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The League of Women Voters of North Carolina has long supported this legislation and continues to urge the North Carolina General Assembly to pass it.

The U.S. Congress passed the ERA in 1972 and then sent it to the states for ratification. Within a short time, 35 states voted yes. In 1977, the North Carolina House approved the ERA, but it fell two votes short in the Senate. There was a long lull until 2017 when Nevada ratified, and then  Illinois followed suit in 2018.

About LWVNC: The purpose of the League of Women Voters is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government at all levels. Read more about our work: www.lwvnc.org