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The Definitive Documentary Film on the Status of Women in America

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National Council of Jewish Women Bergen County Section (NCJW BCS) is co-sponsoring a screening of the movie Equal Means Equal on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, 113 Cottage Place, Ridgewood. The doors will open at 6:30 pm for networking and light refreshments, and the screening will begin promptly at 7 pm. A $10 voluntary contribution is requested.

The film offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Through real- life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez examines issues affecting women including workplace harassment, domestic and sexual violence and the healthcare system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for urgency in ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.

Roberta Francis, currently ERA Education Consultant at the Alice Paul Institute, Founding Chair of the ERA Task Force of the National Council of Women’s Organizations and a former Director of the N.J. Division of Women, will lead the discussion following the film.  Ms. Francis has worked for forty years on a broad spectrum of women’s issues from education and pay equity to reproductive rights and violence against women.

The National Organization for Women Northern New Jersey Chapter and the Reproductive Justice Committee of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood are the lead sponsors. Joining NCJW BCS as co-sponsors are the League of Women Voters of Northern Valley, the Urban League for Bergen County Young Professionals and the YWCA Bergen County.

For information:  Bari-Lynne Schwartz, 973-641-2981,

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