House Republicans Kill the Equal Rights Amendment

Previously passed Virginia Senate 25-8

RICHMOND, VA – In the wake of misogynistic and inappropriate social media comments from Republican leaders, a Republican led House subcommittee voted to kill the Virginia ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment on a 5-2 party-line voice vote.

The Virginia Senate had previously passed SJ78, introduced by Senator Henry Marsh (D-Richmond). It would have ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution that was proposed by Congress in 1972.

Every Democratic senator voted for the measure. Eight senators voted against the measure and seven senators refused to vote. All fifteen were Republican men. The recorded vote can be found here.

“Given the recent comment from Senator Martin about pregnant women being 'hosts,' we are reminded that equality for women is still a goal that we must continue to fight for,” said Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington). “It is clear that Republicans have a long way to go to demonstrate they believe in equality for women. Republican policies have harmed women's health and invaded our privacy.”


The Equal Rights Amendment is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, first proposed in 1923. The amendment states essentially that the “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” In the time since the constitutional amendment was first introduced, women's rights have advanced substantially around the country and the world.

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