Equal Rights Amendment Clears Senate Privileges and Elections Committee

Richmond — Today, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) passed out of the Senate Privileges and Elections on a 10-5 vote to report. Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), Senate Democratic Chair Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton), Senate Privileges and Election committee chair Senator Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) and Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) issued the following statements: 

"We took a historical step today,” said Senator Saslaw. "It has been a long time coming, and we WILL give women the constitutional rights that they deserve. Ratifying the ERA is long overdue.”

"Today, our Commonwealth took the next step toward making history as the 38th state to ratify the ERA,” said Senator Locke. “Today’s vote is a victory for us all. Let us celebrate this accomplishment and tomorrow, we will carry on with the same drive and passion that has sustained our efforts for nearly a century. It is long past time for women to be considered truly equal under the constitution."

"There is no better way to demonstrate that we heard the voices of Virginians than passing the long overdue ERA on the first day that our committee meets,” said Senator Deeds.  

“Today, we begin the process to ensure that  Virginia will make  history as the 38th state to ratify the ERA,” said Senator McClellan. "It is long past due to enshrine the rights of women into the Constitution of the United States. We have waited too long and the time is now."

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