Virginia’s 1st Annual Women’s Equality Legislative Summit
Co-hosted by VAratifyERA and National Women’s Political Caucus of Virginia

**Was streamed live on the VAratifyERA Facebook page — link coming soon**
Handout can be found HERE




Women’s Equality Legislative Summit Bills:
HB652Admission to bail; presumption of release on recognizance (Delegate Suhas Subramanyam, chief patron)

HB338Virginia Minimum Wage Act; removes exemption for persons employed in domestic service, etc. (Delegate Cia Price, chief patron)

SB50Virginia Human Rights Act; racial discrimination, hair. (Senator Lionell Spruill, Sr, chief patron)

SB76Protective orders; possession of firearms, penalty. (Senator Janet Howell, chief patron)

HB8Disorderly conduct in public places; school activities. (Delegate Jeff Bourne) 

HB286Grand larceny; increases threshold amount. (Delegate Cliff Hayes, chief patron)

SB231HB405Menstrual equity bills (Senator Jennifer Boysko / Delegate Mark Keam, chief patrons)


Thank you to each of the following groups for recommending legislation for the summit: 

  • American Association of University Women of Virginia
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia
  • Equality Virginia
  • Feminist Majority
  • National Organization for Women-VA
  • Poor People’s Campaign of Virginia
  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
  • Virginia Social Action Task Force of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Choosing only 8 pieces of legislation was a difficult task with SO many great options. The team working on the summit chose from legislation / wording that was available to them (from the LIS or drafted wording submitted by a participating group) at noon on Friday, January 3rd.

Honorable mentions:
HB12: Requires Virginia’s Dept of Education establish procedures for discrimination complaints, including Title IX complaints
HB42: Requires medical providers to complete a pre-/post-natal depression screening training program
HB416: Prohibits an employer from requesting current/previous salary information
HB475: Establishes a Virginia sexual assault forensic coordinator program
HJ114: Change Virginia state code (and constitution?) to gender neutral language
SB203: Establishes the redistricting commission
SB/HBtbd: Nondiscrimination for housing/work for LGBTQ+