Equal means equal and the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, is the ultimate guarantor of equality in the United States.
Unfortunately, even today in our very modern society, gender equality is protected only for women's voting rights, as specified in the Nineteenth Amendment. Our own State Department required Afghanistan to write gender equality into their new Constitution but we do not yet have it in ours.
Almost 100 years ago, citizens petitioned for the addition of very simple wording to our Constitution, the Equal Rights Amendment: Equality of Rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex.
Under Republican leadership, the Equal Rights Amendment finally passed Congress in 1972 and has since been ratified by 36 of the 38 required states for it to take effect nation-wide. The most recent ratification occurred in Nevada on March 22, 2017.
Virginia is one of 14 states that has not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. Public support of an Equal Rights Amendment is incredibly high (generally 94%+, source: http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/faq.htm#q17) and the majority of Americans believe the Equal Rights Amendment is already ratified.
Five times since 2010 the Virginia Senate has passed a bill, in a bipartisan manner, that would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Each of those same five years the House of Delegates has failed to move the same wording out of committee.
During the 2018 General Assembly session a coalition of citizens and organizations requested bipartisan support for the Equal Rights Amendment. For the first time ever the resolutions were patroned in a bipartisan manner (2 Republican + 19 Democrat Senators; 4 Republican + 47 Democrat Delegates). Although the 2018 push was not quite enough we believe 2019 will continue to build in bipartisan synergy and as citizens spread awareness of the issue more citizen lobbyists will join the effort.
All children in the United States should have Constitutionally guaranteed gender equality. It is time to finish this campaign to benefit all Americans.
Your financial support is so greatly appreciated and will ensure that your voice is heard by your Virginia Delegate/Senator. So please pick a comfortable level of financial support, spread the word, and join us in Virginia's Equal Rights Amendment ratification effort!
NOTE: This bipartisan campaign is solely focused on this topic. Net monies raised will be used exclusively for Virginia Equal Rights Amendment ratification campaign / materials. If the Equal Rights Amendment is ratified in Virginia and there is money remaining from this campaign it will be moved to campaigners in the state next most likely to ratify.
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