Alyssa Milano visits Capitol Hill to advocate for Equal Rights Amendment
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Alyssa Milano made a Wednesday appearance at a news conference alongside Democratic Reps. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyWomen poised to take charge in Dem majority A new urgency to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing MORE (N.Y.) and Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierDems demand answers on Pentagon not recognizing Pride Month Overnight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set 'stringent' oversight on North Korea talks Overnight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases MORE (Calif.) outside the Capitol ahead of her testimony on Wednesday in support of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

The “Charmed” actress — a prominent “Me Too” activist — is poised to testify at a Rayburn House Office Building shadow hearing hosted by Maloney to push for the ERA.

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“The #MeToo movement was such a powerful phenomenon because for far too long, women have not felt heard. It’s hard to empower women when they are not recognized as part of our Constitution. Now is the time for that to change and for the ERA to become part of the law for our nation,” Milano, 45, said in a statement this week.

Proponents of the ERA say that it’s necessary in order to officially guarantee equal rights for all Americans, regardless of gender.

Congress approved the amendment in 1972, but only 35 states — three short of the number required to add it to the Constitution — ratified it ahead of the deadline

Congress’s deadline to secure the ERA expired in 1982.

But Illinois ratified the amendment last month, and proponents argue that the 27th Amendment's 202 years between submission and ratification is evidence that the ERA can still be ratified.