Equal Means Equal
Equal Means Equal is an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. By following both real life stories and precedent setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez discovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace matters to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, the healthcare system and the legal system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws in place that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights amendment.
Discussion Leaders: Local leader Aileen Kroll will facilitate this discussion. Kroll, whose background is in grassroots social work, civil rights law and legislative advocacy, has been a feminist and supporter of the ERA since her teenage years. She is also director of The Center for Dynamic Community Governance. Julie McVey, graduate student at the University of Maryland Women’s Studies program, will enhance the discussion through her focus on gender, labor history, and women in social movements throughout the twentieth century.