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ERA Campaign in Charlottesville Kicks off With a Movie Screening

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Dozens of people from across central Virginia gathered at Violet Crown on the Downtown Mall for the screening of Iron Jawed Angels, a film promoting the suffrage movement.  

This event was part of a larger effort to promote a state-wide campaign in support of the Equal Rights Amendment(ERA). 

“While women have the right to vote, every other protection is granted by laws, which can be easily repealed,” said Alisa Hefner with the National Organization for Women.

The ERA would give equal protection and rights to women as part of U.S. Constitution.

Senator Creigh Deeds and Delegate David Toscano joined community members, emphasizing their support of the cause.

“It's been an issue for many years. Women still make less than men in similar jobs. It's time for that to change, and the only way that's going to change is to embed in the constitution that all people,men and women, are equal,” Deeds said.

“We need to get the resolution before the House and the Senate in Virginia and we need to get it passed,” said Toscano.

Thirty-seven states already ratified the amendment, but in order to officially add the ERA to the Constitution, one more state must join.

“Virginia has this historic opportunity to be the last state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment,” said Hefner.

The Commonwealth could be that deciding vote.

“This amendment is long past due. I mean it's been many, many years since it was introduced into Congress now we're right at the very end,” said Toscano.

Sunday night's screening in downtown Charlottesville was just one of several going on all throughout the Commonwealth. 

After the viewing, attendees took part in a question and answer session.