Feminist Majority and Feminist Majority Equality PAC Endorse Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor

Feminist Majority, a group dedicated to ending the under-represenation of women and people of color in elected office endorses Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor. 

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Delegate Hala Ayala’s campaign for Virginia Lieutenant Governor today announced the endorsement of Feminist Majority. 

"Feminist Majority and its Feminist Majority Equality PAC are proud to endorse Delegate Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia,” said Eleanor Smeal, co-founder and president of the Feminist Majority. "Hala has been a champion for women and families her entire career, especially when it comes to women's equality and reproductive justice. Her work and advocacy as chief co-patron on the Equal Rights Amendment was indispensable in making history for Virginia—and our nation— as the state became the 38th and final state necessary to ratify the ERA. 

As a single working mother, Hala knows what it’s like for everyday Virginians to balance the budget and make ends meet while working for a better future. She has not only championed the ERA, but also has expanded Medicaid, advocated for common sense gun laws, and supported economic justice for working families in the Commonwealth. We are proud to stand with Hala as she makes history again as the first woman and woman of color to be elected as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. Can you imagine—no woman has been elected to statewide office in Virginia in its 401-year history. Let’s make history together in 2021." 

“I am so honored to receive the endorsement of the Feminist Majority Equality PAC," said Delegate Hala Ayala. "Ellie has been a friend and mentor of mine since I first became involved in the women's equality and reproductive justice fight and I would not be where I am without women like her who paved the way for those to come. I will continue to fight for equal pay, access to reproductive health care and equality under the law as Lieutenant Governor." 

Feminist Majority seeks to end the under-representation of women and people of color in elected office and achieve political parity for women. President Eleanor Smeal has led efforts for the economic, political, and social equality and empowerment of women worldwide for over three decades. She has played a leading role in both national and state campaigns to win women’s rights legislation and in a number of landmark state and federal court cases for women’s rights.

Ayala’s other endorsements include: 

  • 314 Action Fund 

  • Higher Heights for America 

  • Senator Lionell Spruill 

  • Delegate Luke Torian 

  • Delegate Delores McQuinn 

  • Delegate Danica Roem 

  • Delegate Josh Cole

  • Delegate Clint Jenkins

  • Mayor Derrick Wood, Dumfries

  • Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger, Manassas

  • Vice Mayor Monae Nickerson, Dumfries

  • Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch, Richmond

  • Councilman Mike Jones, Richmond

  • Councilwoman Amy Jackson, Alexandria

  • Councilman Mark Wolfe, Manassas City 

  • Supervisor Andrea Bailey, Prince William County 

  • Supervisor Victor Angry, Prince William County 

  • Councilwoman Cyndy Neville, Dumfries 

  • Councilwoman Selonia Miles, Dumfries 

  • Councilman Brian Fields, Dumfries 

  • Vice Chair Barbara Kanninen, Arlington 

  • School Board Member Loree Williams, Prince William County 

  • School Board Member Lillie Jessie, Prince William County 

  • Commonwealth Attorney Bryan Porter, Alexandria 

  • Clerk of Court Greg Parks, Alexandria 

  • Sheriff Alisa Gregory, Henrico 

  • Treasurer Patricia Ritchie Folks, Manassas 

  • Councilman Haseeb Javed, Manassa City Park 

  • Stacey Sher, Executive Producers of FX’s Ms. America and women’s right’s activist 

  • Kim Howard, Former candidate for Senate District 7 

  • Susan Hippen, Former candidate for Senate District 7 

  • Steven Burkarth, Former candidate for Henrico County Board of Supervisors 

  • Marques Jones, Former candidate for Henrico County Board of Supervisors

  • Richard Jessie, Prince William County Community Leader

  • Cozy Bailey, Prince William County NAACP Chapter President 

  • Amanda Linton, Women for Biden State Leader and At-Large Biden Delegate

  • Cragg Hines, Biden-Harris Elector

  • Jalmeen Soni,  AAPI Community Leader and Biden State Delegate 

  • Dewita Soeharjono,  AAPI Community Leader and Biden State Delegate  

  • Charley Conrad, Community Activist and Biden State Delegate 

  • Carter Turner,  9th Congressional District Biden National Delegate 

  • Gary Schatz, 7th Congressional District Biden National Delegate 

  • Jeffery Person, At Large Biden National Delegate.  

  • Paul Ruiz, At Large Biden National Delegate.  

  • Carole Lieber, 8th Congressional District Biden National Delegate.

  • Terron Sims, Vice Chair for DNC Veterans and Military Families Council 

  • Mike Velasquez, Regional Coordinator of DNC Veterans and Military Families Council

  • Lisa Sales, Women's Rights Advocate and At-Large Biden National Delegate

  • Monica Hutchinson, Henrico County Community Leader and At Large Biden Delegate 

  • Ernestine Jenkins, Prince William County Community Leader 

  • Al Brooks, Prince William County Community Leader 

  • Frank Callahan, Henrico County Community Leader 

  • Sara Townsend, Prince William County Leader

  • Jennifer Jessie, Prince William County Leader