Elected officials need to hear support for ERA ratification directly from their constituents. Meeting in person and sharing your story helps personalize the issue and give weight to your voice.
HOW TO DO IT
- Bring diverse constituents: Legislators expect ERA supporters to be middle-aged, liberal, and female. Show them that the ERA has broad support. Bringing men will show legislators that this is not just a women’s issue.
- Be disciplined in your messaging: the best way to build support for ratification is to keep communication positive, bipartisan, inclusive and single-issue. Avoid conflating this with other issues you care about. Do not wear or bring accessories or materials for other groups or issues when you work on the ERA. Encourage legislators to support ratification, rather than dwelling on past “no” votes.
- Share your story: explain why this issue matters to you and how it affects you, your family and your Connect your story with the facts about the ERA.
- Be timely: Once the bills for ERA ratification have been introduced, visit your legislators in their district offices to voice your support. Coordinate with partners statewide to plan advocacy visits to the General Assembly in January and February.
- Bring an ERA expert: Contact us to see if an ERA subject matter expert is available to accompany you on your visit.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Virginia General Assembly – Who’s My Legislator
- How to Move Your Elected Officials on Issues – from Virginia Organizing
- ERA 101 Flyer
- ERA Talking Points from the League of Women Voters
- ERA Opposition Talking Points and Corresponding Facts from Women-Matter
- 10 Ways an ERA Could Make a Difference from the ERA Coalition