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AZ Sen. Steele celebrates ratification of Equal Rights Amendment, but more work looms

Last week marked two years since Virginia ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, making it the 38th state to do so. 

The text for the ERA makes clear that the amendment takes effect two years after 38 states ratify it, but it won’t be officially recognized without congressional action, which President Joe Biden called for in a statement on Thursday.

Tucson state Sen. and ERA advocate Victoria Steele says she feels that the ERA is essentially already official.

“As far as we’re concerned, we have the 28th Amendment. Now all we need to do is get the archivist to be directed to put it into the Constitution, to be certified,” said Steele.

Steele says the archivist was set to certify the amendment before the Trump administration attempted to block its passage.

The ERA was first introduced into Congress in 1923.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.