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Charlottesville NOW Speaks Out on Equal Rights Amendment

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The Charlottesville chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is speaking out after the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors failed to pass an equal rights amendment earlier this month.

The Charlottesville NOW hopes voters will push for their state House members to pass the equal rights amendment.  The amendment would guarantee equal rights for women. 

The group voiced its opinions on the importance of the amendment after the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted down a resolution urging the Virginia General Assembly to pass it.

Charlottesville NOW says that women are still treated unfairly in economic positions in the United States. They say that some of this discrimination happens in Albemarle County making this a relevant issue.

Charlottesville NOW President Kobby Hoffman said, "The next step I would love if the board would reconsider.  I would particularly call for Virginia voters and residents of Albemarle County to contact their delegates in the Virginia House and ask them to pass it."

The group said voting against the amendment is essentially taking a step backward. The board passed the resolution previously in 2009 and 2011.

This year supervisors Ken Boyd, Duane Snow and Rodney Thomas voted against it, stating that they knew of no instances in Albemarle County where women are discriminated against.

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