Women's Legacy Fund
The 15th Annual Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon
The Women's Legacy Fund will celebrated the 15th Annual Luncheon at the Alex Madonna Expo Center on Thursday, September 28th 2017 from noon to 1:45pm. There were 762 influential women and men in addendance at the event and who raised more than $80,000 in donations and pledges for women and girls in need in San Luis Obispo County.
This year the Women's Legacy Fund presented $45,000 in new grants to local programs that focus on empowering girls in San Luis Obispo County.
Keynote speaker Kamala Lopez is an actress, filmmaker, activist and President of Heroica Films. Ms. Lopez has launched the movement and the film Equal Means Equal to educate Americans about the importance of equal rights under federal law for women. Born in New York City to an Indian mother and a Venezuelan father, Lopez has worked as an actor in over 30 feature films including Born in East L.A., Clear and Present Danger, and I Heart Huckabees, as well as over 60 TV shows including Medium, 24, Alias, and 21 Jump Street.
A Yale University graduate in Philosophy and Theatre Studies, Lopez formed her production company Heroica Films in 1995 with the mission to write, direct and produce media for women, about women and utilizing women both in front and behind the camera. In 2009 Lopez began the ERA Education Project, creating multi-media PSAs and FAQs, social media campaigns, and educational videos, and piloting curriculum and speaking around the country. Equal Means Equal is a labor of love that Lopez embarked on when she realized that women still did not have Constitutional protections in the United States and that, like she, most Americans were unaware of this fact.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
SLO International Film Festival Screening
The Women's Legacy Fund periodically sponsors documentaries of particular interest. This year, "Equal Means Equal" was screened on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at the Fremont Theatre. Women these days are bombarded with messages of empowerment, female strength, and "anything-is-possible" girl power. But dig deeper and listen to their actual stories, as Kamala Lopez does in this tour-de-force examination of equality and feminism in the U.S. and abroad. You'll quickly discover how painfully hollow those messages ring to the women they're designed to bolster. For more information about this powerful film click HERE.
Women of Distinction Awards
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2017 Recipients of Women of Distinction Awards