Write a Letter to the Editor

Letters to the editor can help you reach a wide audience quickly and effectively, encourage news editors to cover overlooked issues, and urge readers to support our cause.


  • Be timely: coordinate letter submission with important events and news.
  • Assume nothing: provide concise background information on the ERA and why its ratification is relevant in Virginia now.
  • 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. Encourage legislators to support ratification, rather than dwelling on past “no” votes.
  • Get help: it always helps to have an extra set of eyes! Getting feedback from another ERA advocate can ensure that your message is clear and Reach out and let us know if you’d like assistance!
  • Let us know when it’s done! We’d love to share your success with other advocates, and add to our list of letters that have been published statewide.