Maloney Hails Committee Passage of Resolution on ERA Ratification
WASHINGTON, DC – Following the House Committee on the Judiciary’s passage of H.J.Res 79, which brings us one step closer to ERA ratification, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), lead House sponsor of the ERA, released the following statement:
“Thanks to incredible ERA advocates in Virginia, less than one year after Republicans blocked the state’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment by one vote, a new pro-ERA majority has been elected to the state legislature. This all but guarantees that Virginia will become the needed 38th state to ratify the ERA soon after this new legislature is sworn in this coming January.
“States were asked to ratify and add to the constitution the following language: ‘Equality of Rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.’ Thirty-seven states ratified the ERA, only one more is needed for the ERA to be the 28th amendment to the Constitution.
“Now, one hundred years after women won the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment, it is time for women’s full equality to be written into the Constitution. We can and we will make it happen.”