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Zonta announces educational film on ERA

By Staff | Nov 27, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Zontians Kate Sergeant, left, and Laura deBruce, right, with Laura Rosenbury, dean of the University of Florida's Levin College of Law.

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva has produced a short film about the story of the Equal Rights Amendment, which has not been passed into law despite serious efforts over four decades.

Film producers and Zontians Laura DeBruce and Kate Sergeant met with experts on history in America and constitutional law professors, as well as women across Florida to talk about the ERA.

Jon Mills, director of the Center for Government Responsibility and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, explained that one reason the amendment has not passed is many assume it already exists. Laura Rosenbury, dean of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, noted that the country is one state away from passing the ERA. Florida and Virginia are leading candidates to bring the issue to fruition.

“The club is proud to be associated with a remarkable example of advocacy created by two of our members,” club President Judy Langley said. “The film, ‘AMENDMENT: Equal Justice. Just Equality,’ comes at a critical time in the long process of having the Equal Rights Amendment ratified and added to the Constitution of the United States.”

A longer version of the film in the works for 2020, detailing the history of the amendment and the anticipated legal clashes following ratification. An event to promote the film and to educate the public further about the Equal Rights Amendment is planned for some time next year.

The short film can be viewed at www.zontasancap.com and on the club’s Facebook page.