Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the ERA in January, and the third to do so in the last three years, pushing the Amendment over the necessary threshold for addition to the Constitution. Longstanding efforts to remove the arbitrary timeline that was written into the preamble to the ERA, not in the text of the amendment which the states have voted to ratify, have ramped up since in Congress. The last amendment, ERA proponents will gladly remind lawmakers, was placed in the Constitution some 200 years after it was first sent to the states for ratification.
“The amendment starts with these words: ‘equality of rights under the law’ which is a simple matter of justice,” stated Rep. Carolyn Maloney. “It’s that simple.”