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Lee Fogarty, Advocacy Committee Chair District 4, and representative for District 4 on Zonta USA Caucus received this information from the USA Caucus webmaster: She asks you to read it, and sign the petition. Lee says it is ok for Canadians to sign the petition as well.

Here is a little background:

First proposed by women’s suffragists in 1923 and adopted by Congress in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would bar discrimination on the basis of sex, has for decades been a dream of women’s rights advocates. Its language is simple: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

Five years ago, the E.R.A. Coalition was founded. It is a nonpartisan umbrella organization for groups that favor seeing the amendment enacted. You can read more about them on their website.

From our family here at the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women's Equality, wishes for a huge, celebratory New Year! This new year all eyes will be on Richmond, Virginia, where the General Assembly of 140 women and men will take up the notion of equal rights. They will vote on the ERA as the 38th and final state required for full ratification. The amendment that Alice Paul wrote in 1923, that Congress passed in 1972, is expected to be fully ratified in 2020.
It's a great place for it to happen--the Virginia General Assembly is the oldest in our country, dating back to Jamestown, 1619. The first enslaved people of our country arrived that year, in that place. This year four women of color stand up for all of us, for amending the Constitution to make it illegal to discriminate "on account of sex." In the Senate, Senator Jennifer McClellan and Senator Mamie Locke carry the ERA bill. In the House of Delegates Jennifer Carroll Foy is Chief Patron, Delegate Hala Ayala is Co-Chief Patron. And for the first time in Virginia's 400 year history, the Speaker of the House is a woman: Eileen Filler-Corn will preside over the chamber where in 2019 the ERA lost its chances--by one vote.

We do have some unfinished business--removal of the time limit on the ERA. To remove all ambiguity, ask Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer to schedule a House vote--early in 2020!!

We thank you for being with us on this nearly century-long fight for equality. Thank you for supporting our work. Congratulations on what looks like really good news.
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