Women's Equality Day Introduces Documentary "Equal Means Equal"

On a day like Women's Equality Day (August 26), it’s important to reflect on some important gender statistics, like how women makeup 47 percent of today's workforce.

And when it comes to women in the workplace, women still have a long way to go. 

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality & the Empowerment of Women — a division of UN Women — will team up with Heroica Films to host a screening of the documentary film, "Equal Means Equal."

The documentary, which features UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri, actress Patricia Arquette, activist Gloria Steinem, and more, explores women's issues in the United States.

Director Kamala Lopez illuminates how "outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, ranging from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system."

"I discovered that despite appearances, we're all connected. It is a super personal film and one that I want to connect with people on both an intellectual and emotional level," Lopez stated on her website.

Through these stories, Lopez reveals the inefficiencies of laws protecting women, believing that ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) would better stabilize American women's civil and human rights.

The panel discussion following the screening will include UN Women representatives Lopa Banerjee, Chief of the Civil Society Section, and Ravi Karkara, Senior Adviser to the Deputy Executive Director, as well as experts in global partnerships and human rights and media.

Be sure to check out Kamala Lopez’s exclusive interview on AOL's BUILD Series on Tuesday, August 30.

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