Monica speaks to Kamala Lopez, Filmmaker, Actress and Activist.
Kamala Lopez, executive director, Equal Means Equal and president of Heroica Films, launched the movement and accompanying film to educate Americans about the importance of equal rights under federal law for women. The film is executive produced by Liz Lopez and Patricia Arquette, and received Best US Documentary Audience Award in 2016 at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.
“It is extremely heartening to see Hollywood embrace the Equal Rights Amendment and help push for final ratification in the last two states. Eugenia Kuzmina is taking a strong role and position in the issue and the event at her lovely home began an important industry dialogue that will have far reaching effects on the global population of women and girls. It is fitting that the entertainment industry, proudly progressive on the whole, would champion a Constitutional amendment that would finally see all Americans as equal under law,” explains Lopez.
Equal Means Equal is a labor of love that Lopez embarked on over eight years ago when she first realized that women still did not have Constitutional protections in the United States and that most Americans did not know that.
The Equal Means Equal initiative supports the ratification of the ERA in its current form with the objective of educating individuals and engaging communities regarding the role of the amendment in eradicating inequities facing women across the United States.
The ERA, which simply reads: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex,” was first introduced in 1923 and passed by Congress for States’ ratification in 1972.