To the Editor:

Many thanks for publishing the Women in Business supplement in The Central Virginian last week. Now that we are in the paper, it is time that we were added to the United States Constitution.

Women were not left out by accident. During the Continental Congress of 1776 Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, “I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors… Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could.” At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, John did not heed his wife. Any one of the dozens of men who worked on this document (George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and others) could have saved the day and included women, but they neglected to do so. 

Currently 94 percent of Americans support adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution and ending gender discrimination. The ERA was written in 1923. Equality should never be a partisan issue. The Republican national platform proudly supported the amendment from 1940 to 1980. U.S. Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsberg have all acknowledged that the Constitution does not protect women from discrimination. 

It is time to vote out the men who so casually dismiss equality for their grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, wives and daughters. This November it is time that we finally correct this omission and Remember the Ladies. 

Juanita Jo Matkins for Delegate and Amy Laufer for Senate are strong proponents of the ERA and will help Virginia to become the 38th and final state needed to ratify it to the US Constitution. Vote for the ladies and vote for equality for all 160 million American women!

Aleta Strickland