What does PTA have to do with the ERA? You may have seen news or information about the bi-partisan, state-wide effort to urge Virginia legislators to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. PTA’s mission of making every child’s potential a reality has historically extended to education, healthy home lives and safety of children. The FCCPTA Executive Board has passed a resolution as a way to help inform our member-advocates about the issue. Learn more about this historic effort here.
Resolution in support of Ratification by Virginia of the Equal Rights Amendment
to the United States Constitution
Whereas, Fairfax County Council Parent Teacher Association’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children; and
Whereas, for more than 100 years the PTA has worked to better the lives of every child in education, health and safety; and
Whereas, with 175 local chapters representing more than 40,000 members in Fairfax County, FCCPTA is the largest voice for children and families and their welfare as it relates to education; and
Whereas,equity and fairness directly impact parents’ and families’ abilities to provide stable and healthy home lives; and
Whereas, the United States Constitution does not explicitly guarantee equal rights and equal protection for the sexes; and
Whereas, the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution and state constitutional statements of equality generally do not provide the strict scrutiny for sex-based classifications that is provided for classifications based on race, religion, and national origin; and
Whereas, state laws are not uniform and federal laws are not comprehensive, and these laws can be repealed or reduced; and
Whereas, the people of the United States continue to experience the negative effects of lack of political parity between men and women, workplace discrimination, health careinequities, disparate rates of poverty, rape and domestic violence assaults;
Whereas, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) provides 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;” and
Whereas, the Amendment would help ensure women and men have the same constitutional protections; and
Whereas, the ERA was passed by Congress in 1972, and has been ratified by 37 states, the most recent being Nevada in 2017 and Illinois in 2018;and
Whereas, the time limit for the ERA appears only in the preamble; and
Whereas, Congress presently is considering a bill that removes the time limit for ratification of the ERA;and
Whereas, for 47 years, the Virginia State Constitution has sought to protect Virginians from discrimination by the Commonwealth on the basis of sex; and
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Fairfax County Council PTA Executive Board supports the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment; and
Be it further resolved that the Fairfax County Council PTA Executive Board urges the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to ratify the ERA to the U.S. Constitution, as proposed by Congress on March 22, 1972, during the 2019 legislative session.
Signed this 28thday of November, 2018.
Printable version: FCCPTA-Ratify ERA Resolution