Our calls and emails today can make a lifetime of difference for all women!! We are at a critical time for the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia. It is urgent for all who support equal rights for women under the Constitution to act NOW. Please call or email the delegates listed below and ask them to vote FOR HJ 640, the resolution to ratify the ERA.
On Monday, February 14, these delegates will vote on the ERA resolution as early as 7 am. They are members of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Privileges and Elections Committee. Our job is to convince them that they should allow this important legislation to go to the full Privileges and Elections Committee for a vote.
These delegates are the same men who tabled this bill in this subcommittee on January 31. They can do so again – against the wishes of the majority of the Senate and millions of women throughout Virginia and the United States. Don’t let that happen!
What can you do??
Call or email the delegates whose names are below. Ask them to pass the ERA and move it into the full Privileges and Elections Committee. (If your email does not go through, please call! There is a sample script below but you may only get the chance to say you are calling to ask the delegate to vote FOR HJ 640, the ERA resolution.) If you are a constituent, say so because they want to please their voters and ask for a reply. Click here to find our who your delegate is. Also tell them you are talking to your friends and neighbors in their district.
Ask your friends to contact these delegates as well. If you cannot make a call or send an email today, please do it over the weekend – as long as it’s before Monday morning.
Members of the Subcommittee on the Constitution — call them all!
Robert Bell of Charlottesville at 804-698-1058 or DelRBell@house.virginia.gov
Mark Cole of Fredericksburg at 804-698-1088 or DelMCole@house.virginia.gov
William Janis of Glen Allen at 804-698-1056 or DelWJanis@house.virginia.gov
Jackson Miller of Manassas at 804-698-1050 or DelJMiller@house.virginia.gov
Bud Phillips of Castlewood at 804-698-1002 or DelBPhillips@house.virginia.gov
Lacey Putney of Bedford at 804-698-1019 or DelLPutney@house.virginia.gov
Lionel Spruill of Chesapeake at 804-698-1077 or DelLSpruill@house.virginia.gov
If this resolution is passed by the House and signed by Governor McDonnell, Virginia will become one of the three states that are needed for the ERA to be included in the Constitution. So the stakes on Monday are great.
Important: The hearing will be held in Conference Room 5W on the fifth floor of the General Assembly Building. Witnesses to the vote are important – our representatives must be accountable. Please join us if you can.
Sample Short Script
My name is ___________________, and I am calling to voice my support for the ERA. I’m calling for my grandmother, mother and all the women in Virginia. Let’s pass the ERA and move it to the full House of Delegates for a vote. I’m a voter and I’m telling all my neighbors that Virginia has a chance to pass the ERA. We’ll be watching the vote. Women have achieved some rights by statute, court rulings and executive orders. These are hard won but piecemeal and any or all of them can be reversed at any time. Please vote to pass the ERA.
About the Equal Rights Amendment
ERA is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution first proposed in 1923, soon after the amendment providing for the right of American women to vote was adopted. Strong actions to achieve ratification of the ERA reached their height from 1972-1982, when 35 of the 38 required states had ratified. Since then the ERA has been on hold – until now!!!!!
The text of the Equal Rights Amendment has remained the same since 1943:
“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 Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.” This means that where sex discrimination is now practiced, it must stop. For the first time in U.S. history, people can pursue their life courses according to their interests and capabilities, unlimited by their sex.