VFA Speakers

Kamala Lopez

Kamala Lopez is an award winning director, actress, activist, and President of Heroica Films. One of the leading voices in the 21st Century Women’s movement, she’s recognized through her work; the film and movement Equal Means Equal and ERA Education Project to educate Americans about the importance of equal rights under federal law for women.

Born in New York City, Lopez has worked as an actress in over thirty feature films

including Born in East L.A., Deep Cover, The Burning Season (winner of 2 Emmys, 3 Golden

Globes and the Humanitas Prize), Clear and Present Danger, Lightning Jack, and I Heart Huckabees. She has starred in over sixty television shows including Medium, 24, Alias, NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, and 21 Jump Street (winner of the Imagen Award). She hosted the PBS series Wired Science.

Kamala Lopez at the UNHer documentary film Equal Means Equal, which is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and won Michael Moore’s TCFF award for Best U.S. Documentary, has galvanized a new wave of activism around ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. In fact, after over thirty-­‐five years of inaction, Nevada just became the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Across the country, Lopez works with hundreds of women’s organizations on the ground to educate and activate their constituencies to take action. From her work at the United Nations, where this year she joined the Equal Pay Platform of Champions, to her continued advocacy on behalf of women and girls, Lopez’s commitment has been recognized by:

  • Women’s eNews who selected her as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st
  • The National Women’s Political Caucus who named her Woman of Courage.
  • The Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors and the Women’s Commission who named her Woman of the Year (Arts/Media).
  • The State of California who awarded her the Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Advocacy and Entertainment.
  • National Civil Rights Group, Equal Rights Advocates, who named her Champion of Justice.
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  • International Women’s Rights
  • Equal Rights Amendment
  • Policy Change
  • Rape and Sexual Assault
  • Female Incarceration
  • Female Poverty
  • Equal Pay Platform
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Gender‐Based Violence
  • Women Filmmakers in Hollywood
  • Foster Care and Child Sex Trafficking


  • Speaker
  • Panel
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Print
  • Podcast


  • Travel and expenses
  • Honorarium  Based on the opportunity


  • Depends on availability