ERA - The Last 3 States and Now the Courts

The Story after Mrs America

The Global Women’s Caucus invites you to join us in conversation about what has  happened with the Equal Rights Amendment  in the last 5 years.  This is another webinar in our Suffrage Centennial series.  

Equal Means Equal (EME)  Co-Directors Kamala Lopez  and Natalie White along with Wendy Murphy, EME Legal Counsel, tell their stories about the ratification of the ERA in the last 3 states (NV, IL, VA) along with the now pending court decisions.  Hear first-hand their on-the-ground experiences fighting for equal rights for all of us.  You’ll find some things maddening, some surprising and some heartwarming.  These  3 women get credit for helping resurrect the ERA after Phyllis Schlafly tried to kill it off in 1982.

Kamala Lopez, founder and Co-Director of Equal Means Equal, is an award-winning filmmaker, actress and activist born in New York City to an Indian mother and a Venezuelan American father. A Yale University graduate in Philosophy and Theatre Studies, Kamala started her career as a child actor on PBS’ Sesame Street and has worked steadily ever since.

 EQUAL MEANS EQUAL, the documentary Kamala directed/produced and co-wrote, won Best U.S. Documentary (Audience Award) at Michael Moore’s TCF Festival and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. The film was the catalyst behind a national movement resulting in the ratification of the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: The Equal Rights Amendment. 

Her feature leads include Born in East L.A., Deep Cover, The Burning Season (winner of 2 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes and the Humanitas Prize), Clear and Present Danger, Lightning Jack, I Heart Huckabees and many more. Her extensive television career spans comedy and drama - from It’s the Gary Shandling’s Show to recurring roles on Medium, Resurrection Boulevard, Tour of Duty and guest leads on dozens of network shows including 24, Alias, NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, 21 Jump Street (winner of the Imagen Award). She hosted the PBS series Wired Science with comedian Chris Hardwicke and recently did a stint on adult swim’s Black Jesus.

 The recipient of multiple awards from both federal & state government as well as the private sector, Kamala received the Woman of Courage Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Latino Spirit Award from the State of California and YaleWomen’s first Impact Award for Excellence. She was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century and has spoken at venues including the United Nations, the United States Congress, Stanford Law School, The Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives & the Women’s March in Washington D.C.

Natalie White, Co-Director of Equal Means Equal, is a provocative and progressive feminist and artist, best known for her self-portrait work with Giant Polaroid Photography and as a crusader for women’s rights.

Following her June/ July 2016 solo show at The WhiteBox Foundation, she led a 250 mile march from NYC to DC to raise awareness for the Equal Rights Amendment. The day after the march, Ms.White painted “ERA NOW” on the U.S. Capitol steps in broad daylight in twenty foot letters. She was arrested a week later, she pled not guilty and represented herself at a trial that took place two days before Trump’s Inauguration and three days before the first Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

With character witnesses including Academy Award winning actress Patricia Arquette and Award winning actress / filmmaker Kamala Lopez, White was found guilty but only given a $50.00 fine and a six month stay away from the Capitol, with the provision that if she was going there to lobby for the Equal Rights Amendment she could go on Capitol property.

She was able to make the trial into a media circus appearing on MSNBC, Forbes, in The Washington Post, and Vice to name a few.

In January of 2017, White became the co-director of the Equal Means Equal Organization started by actress and filmmaker Kamala Lopez. Together White and Lopez successfully achieved the ratification of Nevada, Illinois, and Virginia after no state had even voted on ERA in almost 40 years, bringing the ERA to the 38 state threshold needed to ratify a Constitutional amendment.

On October 19, 2017,  EME filed the first lawsuit against the Trump Administration and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for their illegal order to the schools, encouraging them to violate the civil rights provisions guaranteed to women and girls under Title IX. On January 7, 2020, EME filed the first lawsuit against the archivist of the U.S. Constitution following the D.O.J.’s opinion letter the archivist should not certify E.R.A. - that case is now pending in Massachusetts Federal District Court.

Wendy Murphy, Equal Means Equal’s Legal Counsel, is an impact litigator specializing in women's and children's constitutional and civil rights. She is the Director of the Women's and Children's Advocacy Project under the Center for Law and Social Responsibility at New England Law|Boston where she has been teaching Sexual Violence Law for twenty years. Wendy has won many landmark cases and has filed countless briefs in State and Federal court to improve legal protections for women and children. She is a former child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor and served as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School where her work focused on the status of women in their capacities as victims in the criminal justice system. She has published numerous scholarly articles and has worked as a legal analyst for CBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox News. 75% of her work is pro bono.




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10:30 PDT 

Minneapolis, USA

12:30 CDT

Washington DC, USA

13:30 EDT 

London, United Kingdom

18:30 BST 

Frankfurt, Germany

19:30 CEST 

Nairobi, Kenya

20:30 EAT 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

21:30 GST 

Bangkok, Thailand

22:30 ICT 

Beijing, China

23:00 CST 


Please send any questions you would like to ask the speakers to [email protected]

August 24, 2020 at 1:30pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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