THURSDAY IN WASHINGTON: McClellan to Deliver Testimony Before Congress About Equal Rights Amendment

THURSDAY IN WASHINGTON: McClellan to Deliver Testimony Before Congress About Equal Rights Amendment

McClellan to Serve as Witness Before U.S. House Oversight Committee, Discuss Virginias 2020 Passage of ERA

RICHMOND, VA – On Thursday, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) will deliver testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform, highlighting Virginia’s recent passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. The hearing will begin at 10 A.M. and is available via livestream here.

In 2020, Virginia became the 38th state to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, clearing the threshold for ratification. Sen. McClellan and Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) were the lead Senate patrons of Virginia’s resolution to ratify Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Prince William) led the ERA resolution in the House

Details from the House Oversight Committee are below.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 19, 2021

CONTACT:  Nelly Decker, (202) 226-5181


To Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Equal Rights Amendment Passage in House, Oversight Committee to Hold Hearing on Next Steps to Ensure Ratification


Activist Alyssa Milano, ERA Advocates and Experts Slated To Testify


Washington, D.C. (October 19, 2021)—On Thursday October 21, at 10:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hearing entitled, “The Equal Rights Amendment:  Achieving Constitutional Equality for All.”


On October 12, 1971, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 354 to 24, and the Senate passed it the following year by a vote of 84 to 8.  The initial effort to ratify the ERA in the 1970s fell three states short.  The amendment has now been ratified by the three final states needed:  Nevada in 2017, Illinois in 2018, and Virginia in 2020. 


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of House passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, the hearing will explore the current status of the ERA and examine the final steps necessary to certify and publish it as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.




Full Committee hearing entitled, “The Equal Rights Amendment: Achieving Constitutional Equality for All.”



Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. ET




Ms. Carol Jenkins

President, ERA Coalition


The Honorable Jennifer McClellan

Virginia State Senator


Ms. Alyssa Milano

Actor and ERA Advocate


Ms. Victoria Nourse

Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center


Ms. Bamby Salcedo

President, TransLatin@ Coalition

Board Member, ERA Coalition 


Ms. Eleanor Smeal

Founder and President, Feminist Majority Foundation


Ms. Inez Feltscher Stepman (minority witness)

Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum



A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.  




Per the Office of the Attending Physician’s guidelines, and in consultation with the Architect of the Capitol, the Chief Administrative Officer, the Sergeant at Arms, and the Committee on House Administration, the hearing room has been reconfigured to provide for social distancing.  In light of current guidance from CDC and OAP, media must comply with the Committee’s COVID guidelines, including by continuing to wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.


Seating in the hearing room is extremely limited and as a result, credentialed media must RSVP to their respective Press Gallery no later than 5 p.m. ET on October 20, 2021.


For more information, please contact the Gallery:   


House Radio/TV Gallery:             202-225-5214

House Periodical Gallery:     202-225-2941

House Daily Press Gallery:   202-225-3945

Photographer Gallery:             202-224-6548