Rep. Maloney Joined By ERA Champion VA Del. Carroll Foy for State of the Union

Feb 4, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be joined tonight at the State of the Union by Virginia Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy.

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy led Virginia’s effort to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. With Virginia's passage, three quarters of states have ratified the ERA, making the amendment eligible to be added to the U.S. Constitution.

"I'm thrilled to be joined by Virginia Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy tonight for the State of the Union to celebrate Virginia's historic vote on the ERA. Democrats all across the country are fighting for women as we are here in the Capitol – for equal pay for equal work, against sexual harassment and assault, and for our equality to finally be enshrined in the Constitution,” said Rep. Maloney. “Delegate Carroll Foy is an incredible role model for young women and men all across the country as a fighter for justice and equality. As a member of the third class of female cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, she's been breaking glass ceilings and a force for change for years. I'm honored and proud to welcome her as my guest tonight."

"I am so proud to join Congresswoman Maloney for this historic evening. She's a trailblazer, and a true inspiration to me in my fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia," said Del. Carroll Foy. "For too long, women have not had the protections from discrimination we deserve in the U.S. Constitution. The ERA brings us that much closer to living in a world where women and girls have the same opportunities as men. I'm proud to work alongside Congresswoman Maloney to finally add the ERA to the Constitution - nothing can stop us."

As one of the first African American women to graduate from the VMI, and as a fierce advocate for gender equality in the Virginia House of Delegates, Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy understands better than anyone why enshrining equal protection for women in the Constitution is so critical.