Kamala Lopez, 2016 Champion of Justice
ERA recognized filmmaker and activist Kamala Lopez as our 2016 Champion of Justice at our annual gala luncheon on June 8.
Actress, filmmaker, activist and President of Heroica Films, Kamala Lopez, has launched the movement and film Equal Means Equal to educate Americans about the importance of equal rights under federal law for women. Lopez, a Yale University graduate in Philosophy and Theatre Studies, formed production company Heroica Films in 1995 with the mission to write, direct, and produce media for women, about women, and utilizing women both in front and behind the camera. Her film, A Single Woman, about the life of first Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, won the 2009 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus.
In 2009, Lopez began the ERA Education Project, creating multi-media PSA’s, video FAQ’s, social media campaigns, educational videos & sites, as well as piloting curriculum and travelling around the country speaking to groups and students in colleges and high schools. Lopez’s work on behalf of women and girls has been recognized by Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors and the Women’s Commission, who named her 2015 Woman of the Year (Arts/Media). In 2012, Women’s eNews selected her as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century and the National Women’s Political Caucus named her the 2011 Woman of Courage. In 2016, the state of California awarded her the Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Advocacy and Entertainment.
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