RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Some women say the Equal Rights Amendment could actually hurt their rights.
The bill, which passed a Senate committee on Wednesday, aims to make women equal in the Constitution.
On Thursday, members and supporters of the Family Foundation of Virginia voiced their opposition to the amendment at the State Capitol.
The amendment bars discrimination based on ‘sex’ — a word some believe has a different meaning now than it did in the 1970s. They argue there are enough laws already in place that make women equal to men and that the language of the ERA.
“We embrace womanhood and all of the advances that women have made since the 1970s and recognize that we don’t need the ERA to be where we are today,” Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb said.
So far, 37 states have ratified the amendment, but if Virginia joined them, it would officially go into the Constitution and become law across the nation.