I’ve started calling the proposed federal Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) the “Zombie” Amendment because, no matter how many deadlines one sets for its expiration, we always seem to be in the middle of “Night of the Living Dead.”
The latest attempt to resurrect it was made on January 9 in the 2019 session of the Virginia Legislature, where proponents of the ERA predict the Commonwealth will be the 38th state to “ratify” the Amendment.
As Paul Harvey would have put it, “the rest of the story” is somewhat more complex. When Congress approved the ERA in 1972, the joint resolution proposing the amendment

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