This Summer It’s All About Amplification: The ERA, Congress, and Virginia

Dear Virginia,

A growing coalition of congressional representatives and senators are at work now to lift the deadline imposed by Congress that nearly shuttered ratification in 1982. The goal is to reintroduce legislation that will greenlight remaining ratification efforts.

ERA YES BnW (1)This is just one part of the 3-State Strategy. Get a state, or get Congress, get momentum, lift the deadline, and PRESTO! Equal Rights Amendment!! Legal and Civil Equality for All Women!!

As you may imagine, (actually, you don’t have to imagine, you know) many in Congress and the Senate need our encouragement to co-sponsor and — crucially — to also vote for this resolution lifting the deadline.

Don’t be fooled by obstructionists (I’m looking at you Del. Mark Cole, and your friends)!!! As I have there and below, Congress can lift this deadline anytime it takes the notion. 

You see, it’s been explained to Cole that his reading of the law is flatly wrong. I supplied to the WEC this article from William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law, which clearly explains the decision in NOW v. Idaho and similar cases. States can ratify and prompt Congress to lift the deadline, or Congress and lift the deadline and let states finish ratification. Davis of Women Matter found and sent to Cole and the P&E Committee the Congressional Research Service report on the ERA and deadlines, which agrees with both the William and Mary paper, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Argument by authority has a lot to do with the status of your authority. You see, the when the Virginia Attorney General in 1992 said that Virginia could not ratify, that was just his feeling on the matter and not a statement with any legal weight or force. If it legal force, all these very intelligent and energetic feminists would be taking another approach. Equally, that the GA has failed/refused to ratify in the past is meaningless in any present effort, other than to say it’s an uphill climb and Cole is unwilling to flatten any of that slope.

Amplify Your Voice for the ERA

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Send this — or better, your own version of this — letter to everyone, from all the states, in Both Houses of Congress that you have time to contact. Don’t worry about who, or when. They all need to get on board. Women’s Civil Equality is just historically due and there is no legit excuse for demurring, distracting, obfuscating, or refusing. All those gestures are the same thing: a choice to oppress women. 

Dear Honorable Representative ______ / Honorable Senator ______,

I write you with a simple request. Help ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Sometime in the session of the 114th Congress, legislation will be introduced that removes the 1982 deadline imposed on this constitutional amendment. As an American interested in legal equality for women, I ask you to co-sponsor or vote for this bill when comes up (or, both!).

Many in both houses are ready to co-sponsor this bill. It is not yet introduced, but you can read similar bills from the 113th Congress, H.J. Res. 113 and S.J. Res. 15.

You will not be alone. Vigorous movements are pressing ever closer to ratification in any 3 of the remaining 15 unratified states. You can see evidence for instance in Virginia with the work of the Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition (multi-issue), Women Matter, and Virginia NOW with its Virginia ERA Network.

I know, yours is one of the busiest desks in the country. The implications of the ERA for women and men might not be in the front of your mind. The ERA Education Project offers itself to solve that for you in short order.

Women’s citizenship is currently at stitched up patchwork of laws that “secure” us our “rights,” but only a constitutional amendment will make this rights genuine, secure, and inalienable. Lawmakers in the states sometimes demure, concerned they might step on Congressional toes; while federal representatives wait for a clear signal from the states.

Exposed in the fray and wear on this piebald fabric are the women of America and our families. The ERA would mean, if nothing else, the end of wage and employment discrimination — which would help us lift our families out of poverty, assure better educational outcomes for our children, and help us be sure of a retirement less dependent on the state.

The Equal Rights Amendment  — introduced by Alice Paul to the US Congress in 1921

  • Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
  • Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
  • Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

With my deep thanks for your service to this country,

Your Name
City, State

And then, you know, as you go, add in and recycle some of the arguments we’ve made here concerning the various objections to the amendment. Spice it up. Slap down bad arguments before they happen!

Everyone needs to know you’re thinking about women’s equality, that you are watching to see what they do, that you will act politically in your own best interests, and that you will tell others what you know.

You will get your chance to co-sponsor and vote to #LiftTheDeadline oImage result for twitter icon vector freen #EqualRightsAmendment. For women!

Tweet to these Reps for Virginia. To contact all of the Congress: avail yourself of the Congressional Directory. Very handy thing, this.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D

Sen. Mark Warner, D

Rep. Rob Wittman, 1st District

Rep. Scott Rigell, 2nd District

Rep. Bobby Scott (D), 3rd District

Rep. Randy Forbes, 4th District

Rep. Robert Hurt, 5th District

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, 6th District

Rep. Dave Brat, 7th District
@HouseGOP – note, this is not Brat’s own media

Rep. Don Beyer, 8th District
@HouseDemocrats — note, this is not Beyer’s own media

Rep. Morgan Griffith, 9th District

Rep. Barbara Comstock, 10th District

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D), 11th District

For Women!
Simone Roberts
VA NOW ERA Coordinator / Web Editor / Historian

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One thought on “This Summer It’s All About Amplification: The ERA, Congress, and Virginia

  1. […] officials need to be nudged, and regularly. These older posts are good inspiration for that: Letter to Congress, Say It!! ERA YES!! (especially the bottom half), Docket (this one’s targeted to GOP who […]


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