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State Senator Melinda BushGRAYSLAKE – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) congratulated the Commonwealth of Virginia for making history by becoming the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

“This is a significant victory for advocates of women’s rights and their efforts to enshrine the equality of all women in the U.S. Constitution,” Bush said. “I congratulate the Commonwealth of Virginia for being yet another state to recognize the full, fundamental and equal rights of women under the law.”

The original ERA was introduced to Congress in 1972. To approve the amendment, a three-quarter majority, or 38 states, was needed for ratification. States were given until 1982, but only 35 had ratified it. That deadline has long since expired, making Virginia’s actions largely symbolic.

In 2017, Nevada became the 36th state to approve the E.R.A., and Illinois quickly became the 37th state a year later. Now, upon Virginia’s ratification, the U.S. has finally met the required three-quarter threshold and restarted the debate on an issue that had been largely forgotten since the 60s and 70s.

“The debate to amend the Constitution to include equal rights for women may have been tabled, but in light of the #MeToo movement and the recent hostility towards women’s rights, it is now more necessary than ever,” Bush said.

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