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Documentary explores equal rights

Apr 05, 2019

BELFAST — “Equal Means Equal” (2016, USA), a documentary on the status of women in America and the need for an Equal Rights Amendment, will be screened Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. The screening is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be available.

The half-hour film will be followed by a discussion of efforts to pass an Equal Rights Amendment to the Maine Constitution. The screening immediately follows the Waldo County Democratic Committee meeting at 1 p.m., which is also open to the public.

“Equal Means Equal” offers a look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Along the way, Lopez reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Christine Dunkle can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 108; or


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