For Immediate Release
January 14, 2019
EMILY’s List Statement on Virginia’s Resolution to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, a Virginia House of Delegates committee voted to approve a resolution ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, putting the measure one step closer to becoming the next amendment to the U.S. Constitution. With a Senate committee having previously passed a similar resolution, they will now move to a full vote on the House and Senate floors. In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has released the following statement:
“From the moment races were called in November, EMILY’s List knew the historic number of women serving in Virginia’s legislature would lead the Commonwealth and country forward on issues of equality and democracy. We’re proud that the pro-choice Democratic women serving in Richmond — led by the first woman speaker of the House Del. Eileen Filler-Corn — have made women’s equality one of their primary goals this session, more than 100 years after women first fought for their freedoms and rights in our country. With Democrats now leading both chambers of the Assembly, we’re thrilled by the prospect of Virginia becoming the 38th state to pass the ERA and we can’t wait to watch women continue leading the charge.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILY’s List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 50,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.