Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
– 24 words that could change the lives of women throughout the U.S.
Please send emails and postcards NOW
The Virginia Legislature – which meets ONLY in January and February — has until next Monday, Feb. 12, to decide which bills it will vote on before the 2018 session ends. Virginia NOW has asked us to help pressure VA House Speaker Kirk Cox and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment to bring ratification of the ERA to a vote, so VA can follow the lead of what Nevada did last March and bring our country one step closer to having the Equal Rights Amendment as part of the U.S. Constitution.
Why is this important? Click here for how the Washington-based ERA Coalition explains it.
Please send postcards and emails to Cox and Norment, telling them that by not bringing the ERA to a vote, they are holding Connecticut and the rest of the country hostage, as well as harming the women, children and families who would benefit economically, and in all aspects of life, if the ERA were to become national law.
Email and snail mail addresses:
- Speaker of the House Kirk Cox,DelKCox@house.virginia.gov
- The Honorable Kirk Cox, PO Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218
- Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment:firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Senate of Virginia, PO Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218
To learn more about the history of the ERA and how this Virginia vote can affect our entire nation, visit this great website, http://www.equalrightsamendment.org/index.htm, which will provide you with invaluable information.
Throughout 2018, Connecticut NOW will host free screenings of the award-winning documentary Equal Means Equal at locations across state. The film provides an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. By following both real life stories and precedent setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez discovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace matters to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, the healthcare system and the legal system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws in place that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
To ensure you have access to our most-recently-added Equal Means Equal screenings dates, please visit Connecticut NOW’s Facebook page.