Campaign kicks off to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Sunday is Women's Equality Day, and it's a day meant to recognize the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

At the Violet Crown Theater on the Downtown Mall, Delegate David Toscano hosted a free screening of the film "Iron Jawed Angels."

But the event wasn't just about the history of the 19th Amendment. It was also taking place in order to kick off a campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

"We're holding this event today to commemorate the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, and then we're also kicking off a campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment here in Virginia," said Megan Tracy with the League of Women Voters.

"While many women may feel like they have equal rights under the law, they don't," said Alisa Hefner, with the National Organization of Women. "Laws can easily be repealed or retracted, and that is why we need the Equal Rights Amendment in our nation's founding document."

Toscano, explained the ratification process.

"It's pretty easy to do," he said. "All we need to do is introduce and pass a resolution in both the House and the Senate, doesn't have to be signed by the governor, that will end the ratification process in Virginia."

If Virginia were to ratify the amendment, it would become the 38th state to do so, and the final one needed to enshrine gender equality in the U.S. Constitution.

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