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7/29/11: Kamala Lopez ’85

Nancy Pelosi. Former secretary of labor Alexis Herman. Pakistani women’s rights activist Rubina Bhatti.

Kamala Lopez ’85 joins their ranks this week as a winner of the National Women’s Political Caucus’s Woman of Courage Awards.

Lopez, an actor and filmmaker, directed the 2009 movie A Single Woman, about Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to US Congress. (Not to be confused with A Single Man, or Solitary Man, or the 1970s Jill Clayburgh flick An Unmarried Woman.) Through her company Heroica Films, Lopez has also launched the ERA Education Project to promote the newly revived campaign for an Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution. The ERA project, she tells Fox News, “puts the American woman, her achievements and her earnings over the last century on a solid, irremovable foundation that will be proof against the winds of political changes.”

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