Virginia Chapter
National Organization for Women

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Welcome to an Equal Future

The Virginia NOW State Law Audit Project’s (VLAP) mission is to review state statutes and administrative code for compliance with the 28th Amendment which prohibits discrimination based on sex.

States across America are reviewing their constitutions, statutes, and administrative code for unnecessary distinctions made on the basis of sex. The initial step of the audit is to identify non-gender-neutral terms and to look for language that reflects inappropriate preferential treatment for one gender.  Gender-neutral terms are those suitable for, applicable to, or common to all genders.

The VLAP Team including participating supporting organizations and legal subject matter experts from across the Commonwealth will look to identify misogyny, and other forms of discrimination, develop recommendations and propose model language to modernize Virginia code. State legislators, informed by constituents and jurisprudence, will determine whether current state laws are still appropriate and whether they require updated language.

VLAP supporting organizations are being regularly added and to date include:

  • The League of Women Voters (LWV) - Virginia
  • The American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Virginia

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The Software


VLAP work plan