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The Wilson County Democratic Women joined about 200 supporters from across North Carolina to speak with state lawmakers and support a bill to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on March 5. The group met with Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield, D-Wilson, a co-sponsor of the ERA bill.
Pictured from left are local Democratic Women President Nancy Hawley, Kathy Krabill, Farmer-Butterfield, Dalphine Perry, Nina Rogers and Beth Punte. The bill to ratify the U.S. constitutional amendment is House Bill 271*, introduced by Rep. Carla Cunningham, D-Mecklenburg. It was cross-filed as Senate Bill 184, introduced by Sen. Floyd McKissick, D-Durham. The House version was referred to the Rules Committee.
Thirty-seven states have ratified the amendment, and 38 are needed for adoption. "Unless we can shine a light on the status of the amendment and let those in our state know that it is up for ratification, it will die once again and North Carolina will lose its opportunity to play this most critical role in history," Hawley wrote in an email to The Wilson Times.
CORRECTION, March 12, 10:50 p.m. — The House and Senate bill numbers for the Equal Rights Amendment legislation were previously incorrect. Those numbers have been corrected above.