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Documentary on status of women in U.S. to screen at Tampa Theatre on Feb. 20

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The Equal Rights Amendment, an amendment proposed to the U.S. Constitution in the 1970’s designed to guarantee equal rights for women, fell three states short of ratification.

A 2016 documentary that makes the case for the ERA, “Equal Means Equal,” will get its first screening in the Tampa Bay area next Monday night, February 20, at the Tampa Theatre, hosted by the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality and We are Women.

It will be a full evening, as a panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring former Dr. Carolyn Collins, the former President of the Hillsborough County branch of the NAACP, Dr. Diane Price-Herndl, the Chair, USF Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Janelle Irwin and Susan Smith, the president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida.

There will also be a limited number of tickets are available for a pre-show VIP reception, hosted by the Law Office of Jo Ann Palchak, P.A. The reception will feature remarks from Congresswoman Kathy Castor, Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren, and public defender Julianne Holt.

“Equality under the Constitution would benefit women, men and families, and we are delighted to participate in this screening and discussion with the Tampa community,” said Jessica Neuwirth, President of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality and author of the book Equal Means Equal.

“Thank you Tampa for joining us in continuing to learn and support the key aspects of the Equal Rights Amendment. Collectively, we are a great nation and with our continued effort we will eliminate the barriers amongst all in favor of a more equal America for our children and generations to come,” said Wendy Cartwright, President of We Are Woman.

For more information on attending the screening and reception, you can go the Tampa Theatre’s website.


Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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