WOODBRIDGE, VA — Today, the House of Representatives voted to remove the deadline on the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. In 2019 Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment — the last state needed to enshrine women’s rights in the U.S Constitution. Delegate Hala Ayala was the Chief Co-patron on the bill and spearheaded the effort with women’s activists across the state. She released the following statement:
“I am so proud Congress has voted to remove the arbitrary deadline on the ERA, and I am grateful that so many members of the Virginia Delegation supported this measure,” said Delegate Hala Ayala. “We are one step closer to ensuring that equal rights are enshrined in the Constitution.”
“But the Equal Rights Amendment is just the floor and not the ceiling. e still have work to do to close the pay gap and to ensure every woman has access to affordable, safe reproductive healthcare. The Equal Rights Amendment will change the lives of women now and those who will come after us, creating a more level playing field in this country. Today, on this first anniversary of its passage, we take the time to remember the long, hard battle for women’s equality and devote ourselves to continuing to fight to ensure that EVERY Virginian--not just some--has an equal opportunity in our Commonwealth.”
Yesterday, Delegate Ayala’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor was endorsed by Feminist Majority PAC, a group dedicated to ending the under-represenation of women and people of color in elected office.
Delegate Ayala has spent her career advocating on behalf of women and children and has championed reproductive rights access. She founded the Prince William chapter of the National Organization for Women and served on the Council of Women in the McAuliffe administration. Her bill to study fetal and infant mortality throughout the Commonwealth passed unanimously in the General Assembly in the most recent Legislative Session.