In Virginia, Conservative Women Derail The Equal Rights Amendment Once Again
The Equal Rights Amendment, a policy proposal which would legally require equal treatment of genders, recently failed to pass in the Virginia legislature largely due to the efforts of Victoria Cobb. According to the Washington Post, Cobb is the president of the conservative Family Foundation of Virginia, which heavily lobbied the subcommittee which crushed the ERA from passing.
In her statements against the amendment, Cobb cited that she has been able to succeed as a woman without the help of the amendment. However, many should recognize the privileged background of the private Christian school and Philadelphia suburb home which Cobb came from. The article wrote about her husband’s participation in regulating abortion providers as well as her statements that she believes the demand for the ERA makes women appear as though they want “to be treated like victims.”
But plenty of women don’t have her advantages, or the advantages that many white, middle-class women in stable families and marriages have.