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 MaloneyFired State Department watchdog says Pompeo aide attempted to 'bully' him over investigations Ousted watchdog says he told top State aides about Pompeo probe Overnight Health Care: White House shifts focus from coronavirus | House Democrats seek information on coronavirus vaccine contracts | Governors detail frustrations with Trump over COVID-19 supplies MORE (N.Y.) and Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierAir Force documents acknowledged 'persistent' racial bias in justice system HHS watchdog says actions should be free from political interference Five factors influencing when the House returns 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.