Rachel Martin, Marbue Marke | Oceano

Oceano winemaker Marbue Marke and vintner Rachel Martin sit in the winery's California vineyard.

Middleburg native and California vintner Rachel Martin has teamed up with a Leesburg-based organization, Just Good Business, to release the "Wine for Women’s Equality" in support of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, an amendment aimed at guaranteeing equal rights to men and women under the Constitution.

Formerly the executive vice president of winery operations at Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg, Martin has taken her expertise to San Luis Obispo County, California, where she and her husband opened Oceano Wines in 2016. Just Good Business Founder and Loudoun County resident Susan Platt reached out to Martin to propose a collaboration, one of many partnerships her organization — which advocates for women’s civil and equal rights — has formed with women-run businesses.

“It’s been a difficult process for the ERA with women. It has been ratified in 37 states; it needs 38 states to be ratified before it can go to Congress and be put in the Constitution,” Platt said. “I was just so thrilled that Rachel responded. As some of our rights have been chipped away at in recent years, it’s even more important that we make sure that we do have equality in the Constitution.”

Those wishing to support the efforts of Oceano and Just Good Business can visit oceanowines.com/wines to purchase either of their specialty wines, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — $45 and $38, respectively, not including shipping — and enter promo code “equality.”

“A portion of the sale goes to supporting the ratification of the ERA in Virginia,” Martin said. “This code is good until the election date.”

“Since 83 percent of all spending decisions are influenced by women, businesses should care about committing to equal pay, stopping sexual discrimination and adding more women in boardrooms and government,” she added in a prepared statement.

The Virginia House of Delegates last voted on the Equal Rights Amendment in February, when a bid to force a full-floor vote on the matter failed.

The Associated Press has reported even if the ERA is ratified, court battles are likely to ensue over a long-passed 1982 deadline set by Congress.

Still, Platt is enthusiastic about the initiative.

“It’s probably most likely for it to pass this time, and if it does then we can finally get quality guarantees in the Constitution,” she said.

Martin has also planned an advocacy tour throughout Virginia in October to raise awareness concerning the issue.

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As Florida's ERA leader for past 19 years w/300 000+ members , working 18/7, unpaid--all of us plus 3 equally huge partnering organizations, we are delighted to see this special push by these women!

THE SOLE GOAL OF THE ERA HAS ALWAYS BEEN, despite Schlafly's ancient lies, TO MAKE SEX DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MALES AS WELL AS FEMALES A US CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION! Women and little girls Do take the brunt . We fight for men;s and boys' equal treatment too. Always have. wake up, guys!

We here are working side by side with Virginia's "Joans & Johns of Arc", as we call them , for ERA to be ratified by the 38th state!

We are all ready for the naysayers mentioned in this article, with our several Constitutional law teams! Bring 'em ON, we say.

America cannot be accorded a full Representative Democracy UNTIL ERA IS US CONSTITUTIONALLY CODIFIED and and and the Other American Sectors still kept unequal are "made whole".

Not sure why Cole is so determined to quash Democracy as he does. But maybe Virginia will choose Real Grownups Nov. 5 to fix some neomedievalist state legislators' weakened logic. Does HE know that Constitutionally codifying the Equal Rights Amendment IS PREDICTED BY RESPECTED ECONOMISTS TO SOAR AMERICA'S GDP BY 15 % similar to OTHER WISER NATIONS THAT PASSED SAME YEARS AGO, AT END OF WWII. AND, do intransigent men REALIZE THAT THE ERA BENEFITS THEM, TOO? More just adjudications of alimony, child support/custody and much more, though women and girls take the brunt.


Really? Thank God we had Phyllis Schlafly


Create a issue then milk it for what you can then ride off into sunset, lol!

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