ERA-themed art exhibit on display at Laurel Ridge Fauquier Campus

For Immediate Release:
September 27, 2022

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Sally Voth
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The project was created by VoteEquality and Artists4ERA to raise awareness of the effort to add gender equality to the U.S. Constitution through passage of the ERA.

An Equal Rights Amendment-themed 28-poster art exhibit is on display through Oct. 3 in Wolk Hall on the Fauquier Campus. A reception, which will be attended by Sophia Pineda, one of several local artists whose work is featured in the Artists4ERA exhibit, is scheduled for 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Pineda will be there with her family, signing her posters.

Laurel Ridge’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council is sponsoring the exhibit, which was displayed on the Middletown Campus Aug. 24 – Sept. 11.

“The DEI Council is committed to advocating for equality and inclusivity and is excited to host the Artists4ERA exhibit on the Fauquier Campus,” said Council Co-Chair Kayla Buckles, an academic advisor at the college. “Equality is a universal human right and fundamental to the mission of DEI.”

The project was created by VoteEquality and Artists4ERA to raise awareness of the effort to add gender equality to the U.S. Constitution through passage of the ERA. The art depicts diverse groups and communities, including LGBTQIA+, Black women, people of color and indigenous people.

The ERA was first put before Congress in 1923, three years after women received the right to vote, according to the National Archives. The proposed amendment would codify full equality for women, ending legal distinctions between men and women when it comes to divorce, property, jobs and more.

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