League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area

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A New Era for the ERA: Diversity, Inclusion, Bipartisanship: Sunday Seminar, Held Oct 21

Sep 29, 2018

LWV CVA Sunday Seminarheld October 21, 2018, at 2 to 4 pm in CitySpace on the Downtown Mall.

With ratifications in Nevada in 2017 and in Illinois earlier this year, the Equal Rights Amendment is making a comeback. All eyes are on Virginia—the likeliest of the remaining states to become the historic and final state to ratify the ERA. In the six months since the Virginia General Assembly failed to bring two bills out of committee, advocates–some new and some who have been working on the ERA since the 1970s–have not slowed down in their efforts to bring gender equality into the U. S. Constitution. Ninety percent of Americans believe that the Constitution should guarantee equal rights regardless of gender, meaning the ERA has great relevance for all Americans despite a recognized legacy of racism and classism in the movement.

On October 21st, our four Sunday Seminar panelists spoke about today’s ERA as a movement that seeks diversity, inclusion and bipartisanship; the history of the movement; where we stand now with ratification of the ERA in Virginia; and how to help it pass in January’s GA session. Zakiya Thomas is the Executive Director of the National Women’s Party (NWP) and joined the NWP as it entered its second century and embarked on a renewed vision: constitutional equality for women. Chelsea Higgs Wise is a clinical social worker and community consultant who works on issues of race and change with campaigns including the statewide VAratifyERA campaign. Trish Wallace is in charge of Public Policy with the Greater Richmond Branch of the AAUW and also works with the VAratifyERA campaign. Liza Mickens is a Communications/Public Relations major at James Madison University and was featured in the film short following the August 26th showing of “Iron Jawed Angels” as part of her work with the VAratifyERA campaign. For a video of this event, go to our Facebook page icon at the bottom of this website’s home page.


Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1:30 - 3 pm
Event: LWV CVA Natural Resources Committee Meeting
Place: University Village (small committee room) at 500 Crestwood Dr., Charlottesville
Contact: For further information, contact Sally Thomas, 434-295-1819
Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 5: 8:30 am Registration opens; Session begins at 9 am
Event: LWV VA Pre-Session Legislative Roundtable
Place: John Marshall Ballrooms, 101 N. 5th St., Richmond, VA 23219
Contact: For further information, go to https://lwv-va.org/
Date/Time: Thurs., Dec. 6, 5:30-7 pm
Event: ERA Holiday Postcard Party
Place: Random Row Brewing Co., 608 Preston Av., Charlottesville
Contact: For further information, click on our Facebook icon at the bottom of our LWV CVA website, or contact Megan Tracy, kiskamet@gmail.com

League of Women Voters
of the Charlottesville Area
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Charlottesville, VA  22902
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