With screenings of new women’s rights documentary EQUAL MEANS EQUAL across the nation and with multiple National and local organizations partnering for the first time, “Equal Means Equal”s Women’s Equality Day Event is shaping up to be one of the most historic shows of unity in the women’s movement in the past decade.
The League of Women Voters will be registering audience members as they leave the screenings. The YWCA, NAACP, AAUW, The Women’s Commissions, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the ERA Coalition and many other groups are either hosting or partnering on screenings.
At the United Nations headquarters in New York in the ECOSOC Chamber, EQUAL MEANS EQUAL will screen to a sold-out audience of distinguished guests includingFareed Zakaria, CNN host and journalist for the Washington Post.
The U.N. panel will include Lopa Banerjee, Chief of the Civil Society at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality & the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Azadeh Khalili, the Executive Director of Commission on Gender Equity at the Office of the New York City Mayor, Pamela Falk, CBS News Foreign Affairs Analyst, Jimmie Briggs,journalist and founder of Man Up and Someera Khokar, attorney and Social Justice advocate.
At the Carter Presidential Library, in Atlanta, Georgia, Karin Ryan of the Carter Center will moderate a panel that includes Judy Langford, First Lady Roselyn Carter’s representative during her indefatigable work on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970’s and is co-sponsored by the National Women’s Political Caucus.
At the US State Department’s Loy Auditorium in Washington DC, Jaha Dukureh, Time 100 Leader working to end FGM globally, Dr. E. Faye Williams, MPA, PhD, D. Min, Esq., President/CEO, National Congress of Black Women, Inc., Kristin Fleschner, Foreign Affairs Officer at U.S. Department of State and Executive Producer Liz Lopez will be on hand for the post-screening panel to discuss the issues brought up by the film.
Down the street, at the Navy Memorial Theater, the National Congress of Black Women and Premier Bank, a community bank in the DC area, will host the film followed by an eminent panel moderated by Barbara Spencer Dunn, Executive Council of the Association for the Study of African American Life & History and including Lisa Ransom, Chair and CEO of the Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation, Dr. Samantha M. McDermitt, Esq., The Founder and Executive Director of the Law Theater Project and Bridget Brown,Executive Director of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
In Los Angeles at the Music Hall, writer/director/producer Kamala Lopez, ExecutiveProducer Patricia Arquette and cast Members Lt Andre Dawson and Sandra Fluke will be joined by Thomas Jane, Gloria Allred, Nicolette Sheridan, KeAndra Dodds (Supervisor Hilda Solis’ office) Courtney Cylear (Hilda Solis office), Amanda Daflos (Mayor’s Office), Marilu Guevara (League of Women Voters), Harlow Jane, Josefina Lopez and Judd Nelson for a special opening night screening and post-screening conversation to discuss women’s equality.
In the small town of Pittsburgh, California, the women will gather together as “Spirit Sisters” to screen the film and raise the money to support Betty Dukes, the named plaintiff in the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history – Dukes vs Walmart. While not too far away in San Jose, Equal Rights Advocates, the law firm who defended the female plaintiffs in the Walmart case will be partnering with Assembly Member Nora Campos of the California State legislature to host their own Equal Means Equal event screening. These two screenings alone boast partnerships with the National Association of Women’s Commissions, the Business Professional Women’s Foundation, NOW, Soroptimist, the local Chambers of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club, the YWCA of Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy and the Santa Clara Law School Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center!
In Chicago, the panel will be moderated by Sister Bernadine Karge, OP, JD, a Dominican Sister, known for her work with Nuns on the Bus. Panelists include Neha Lall, Senior Attorney at Legal Assistance Foundation and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. The event is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women.
In an already sold-out screening in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Congressman Keith Ellison, State Representative Sandy Pappas, President of the State Senate, Representative Rita Moran, and Monica Hurtado (Voices for Racial Justice) will participate in a panel moderated by Betty Folliard, former state representative, head of ERA MN and broadcaster of A Woman’s Place weekly radio program.
In Missouri, Kansas State Representative Valdenia Winn, Jackson County Prosecutor-Jean Peters Baker and moderator and Kansas City Star Columnist Mary Sanchez will speak at the event sponsored by the City of Kansas City, American Association of University Women, ACLU Kansas, Benedictine Sisters, El Centro, Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus, Human Rights Commission, Service Employees International Union, League of WomenVoters, and Women in the NAACP.
- From Salt Lake City, where Mormons for ERA will join Planned Parenthood and Equality Utah.
- To Hawaii, where not one but two Women’s Commissioners are hosting screenings, one at the historic Hawaii Theater in Honolulu and the other at the Waimea Theater in Kauai with the support of the Hawaii League of Women Voters, the University of Hawaii and the Commissions on the Status of Women.
- To Seattle, Washington where a screening sponsored by Jonathan Sposato of PicMonkey will partner with the Washington National Women’s Political Caucus to benefit Native Women in Need and hear from Deborah Parker, former Vice-Chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes.
- To Chillicothe Ohio where longtime ERA activists Tammy Simkins and Cathy Kaelin have mobilized the support of their entire community.
- To Greenport in New York’s Hamptons, Manteo, North Carolina and Fort Wayne, Indiana…
All across the nation, across all of the various sections of society where we intersect and connect with one another, women are coming together and standing up with one voice to say:
Enough is enough. American women need equality under law now, more than ever. The ERA is back and this time – Equal Means Equal!