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Virginia Ratifies the ERA

On January 27, 2020, Virginia made history as the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. National NOW President Toni Van Pelt, Loudoun County NOW President Barb Jones and VA NOW Legislative VP Marj Signer were among thousands of NOW members leading the fight for ratification.

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We’re All Part of the History Being Made in Virginia Today

January 15, 2020

RICHMOND, VA – After a hundred-year journey full of heartbreaks and triumphs, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) is poised to finally be part of the Constitution of the United States. NOW President Toni Van Pelt is standing on the floor of Virginia’s House of Delegates today as they vote to become the 38th and final state needed to ratify the ERA.

Don't stop NOW: Our 2020 prospects

At Virginia NOW, our excitement over this historic election isn't stopping. It's fueling our determination to make real progress in achieving equality.

But first, let's celebrate victories.

Indivisible Action: Your 5 Weekly To-Dos

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Indivisable Action's Five Weekly To-Dos to Get Involved in Your Local Legislature

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Votes for Bill to Remove Deadline for ERA Ratification

By Connie Cordovilla, VA NOW President

The House Judiciary committee held one of the most important votes on women's issues this year on November 13 when it considered a proposed bill (H.J. Res. 53, Speier, D-CA) to remove the deadline that the Senate imposed on the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972 by then Senator Sam Ervin.

Exciting Election Victory in Virginia

Virginia will finally have state legislative leaders who value equality and justice that includes all of us and who are champions for inclusive policies and laws that especially work for women, children, and hard-working families.

Abortion Rights Case Makes It Clear We Need Pro-Choice Legislature in Virginia

Statement by NOW President Toni Van Pelt and Virginia NOW President Connie Cordovilla

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a split decision that continues to limit women's reproductive health and rights in Virginia, a federal district court ruled this week on four Virginia laws that have impeded abortion access for years. The laws are a result of Republican leadership in Virginia and their determination to

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