Equal Rights Amendment advocate Patricia D. Fishback will be the keynote speaker during the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County’s annual meeting April 14 at the River Creek Club near Leesburg.
She will address voting rights and registration for all citizens and what the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which requires the support of just two more states, would mean for all women.
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, adopted on Aug. 18, 1920, prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens on the basis of gender. The Equal Rights Amendment would guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of gender in such areas as divorce, property, employment, and health.
Fishback has been an ERA advocate since the mid-1970s.
The League of Women Voters of Loudoun County was formed in 1946, as the first rural League of Women Voters in Virginia and was recently recognized by the national organization for increasing its membership more than 34 percent and for its educational programs on voting rights and its voter registration of high school seniors in Loudoun County.
The 11:30 a.m. luncheon costs $40. Reservations for lunch and checks should be sent to League of Women Voters of Loudoun County, PO Box 822, Leesburg, VA 20176 by April 12.