Richmond — Today, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax),  Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton), and Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) released the following statements applauding passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the Senate.

“As a long time supporter and champion of women’s equality, I’m proud to see the Senate passage of the ERA with bipartisan support,” said Senator Saslaw. “The time has come to write women into the United States Constitution."

“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, and we sent the message to our nation that equal means equal. Let us celebrate this accomplishment, and tomorrow, we will continue the fight for equality that has sustained our efforts for nearly a century. It’s long past time Virginia did its part to make the ERA law.”

"In May of 1620, 90 women arrived on the shores of Virginia having their rights surrendered to their husbands," said Senator McClellan. “I am ecstatic that the Equal Rights Amendment is heading to the House of Delegates for a vote. We have waited too long, and we cannot wait another moment to include women in the constitution.”

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