Virginia Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment, and Conservatives Fight Like It’s 1979 1

Time to bring back bell-bottom jeans and Disco Inferno: the Equal Rights Amendment, which passed Congress in 1972 and became a feminist cause celébre in the 1970s and 1980s, has just been ratified by 38 states, making it part of the Constitution.


On Wednesday, the Commonwealth of Virginia ratified the ERA as both houses of the state legislature approved the amendment by comfortable margins. Democratic Governor Ralph Northam also backs the measure. The ERA states, simply, that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”