Patricia Arquette to Push Equal Rights Amendment at Congressional Hearing

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 01: Honoree Patricia Arquette accepts the Vanguard Award onstage during the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in LA at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 1, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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Actress Patricia Arquette is set to appear before a Congressional Committee to push for the long-dead Equal Rights Amendment.

Patricia Arquette plans to testify before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Tuesday in an effort to revive the amendment that officially died back in 1977. The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by the U.S. Senate on March 22, 1972, and sent to the states for ratification. But after several years of wrangling, the amendment failed to reach the 38-state threshold to be put into law.

The star of TV’s Medium and an Oscar-winner has been fighting to revive the long-dead ERA for several years.
The winner of Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Boyhood,” famously used her time before the Academy to speak out about equal rights.

Actress Patricia Arquette accepts the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “Boyhood” onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

After the hearing, Patricia Arquette will be joined by former Charmed star Alyssa Milano at a reception with Democrat representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the paper reported.

The following day, Meet the Fockers actor Ben Stiller is scheduled to appear before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to speak about the war in Syria.

Ahead of his appearance, Stiller, who is a global goodwill ambassador for UNHCR, a United Nations refugee agency, said, “I for one will do what I can as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, to advocate for refugees and encourage others to join me.

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