CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Virginia lawmakers and advocates are working together to ensure women are guaranteed the same protections as men under the Constitution.

On Wednesday, December 12, Delegate David Toscano and members of the Charlottesville chapter of the National Organization of Women held an informational session regarding the Equal Rights Amendment.

Toscano says the commonwealth could be critical in passing the amendment.

"There’s still elements of gender and sex discrimination in this country, and it’s about time in 2018 and '19 that we change that and the only way we'll get ultimate change is to have it enshrined in the United States Constitution," Toscano said.

The Equal Rights Amendment will go before the House of Representatives during its session in January.