Panel pushes for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The League of Women Voters hosted a panel of four women from the VA Ratify ERA campaign on Sunday to push for Virginia to ratify the proposed Equal Rights Amendment.

The ERA passed in both houses of Congress in 1972 but failed to get enough states to ratify as an actual amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Virginia would be the 38th and last state needed to ratify the ERA.

The panelists included Zakiya Thomas, Chelsea Higgs Wise,
Trish Wallace, and Liza Mickens.

Mickens said many people assume women have equal rights in the Constitution, but that is not the case.

"It is still not guaranteed in our constitution that women are given equal rights," said Mickens. "And now more than ever we cannot have another generation of girls coming up knowing that their rights aren't protected by the constitution."

The campaign hopes to get Virginia to vote on the amendment during the upcoming General Assembly session.

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