About Amendment 28 Films
Amendment 28 Films is a development production company that creates narrative and documentary films to call attention to the centuries-long battles for equal rights for women and racial minorities across the globe. The majority of the films’ themes center on the importance of resilience and perseverance both women and men have developed in the face of the numerous injustice and systemic gender and racial biases that have been prevalent for centuries.
Where did the name Amendment 28 Films come from?
Founded in 2022, Amendment 28 Films is named such to emphasize how women have yet to be protected by the U.S. Constitution, and, should the ERA finally be made into law, it would become the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The battle to have women included in the U.S. Constitution began 246 years ago in March of 1776 when Abigail Adams wrote a letter to her husband, John Adams, and asked him to include women in the constitutional documents being developed at the time to establish the United States of America. Presently speaking, however, women still struggle to fully earn their place in the U.S. Constitution.
March 22, 2022, marked 50 years since the U.S. Congress sent the Equal Rights Amendment to the states to be ratified on March 22, 1972. This amendment to the U.S. Constitution would prohibit any discrimination based on sex.
As often pointed out in the media, on January 27, 2022, the ERA met the constitutional requirements to be added to the Constitution after being ratified by 38 states, passing by the Congress majority, and following the two-year waiting period after Virginia became the 38th state to ratify it.
Opponents claim the ERA should not be added to the U.S. Constitution because of procedural questions. Gender justice advocates are asking Congress to remove the deadline that opponents are using to stall passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Advocates within Congress and throughout the United States are also asking U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to withdraw the Trump administration memorandum that blocked the language of the ERA from officially being added to the U.S. Constitution as the 28th Amendment.
So, 246 years after Abigail Adams wrote her letter to her husband John Adams, and 99 years after the ERA was first introduced to Congress, and 50 years after the ERA was ratified on March 22, 1972, U.S. women still do not have equal rights protections within the U.S. Constitution and the ERA has not become Amendment 28 to the U.S. Constitution.
Much as Spike Lee named his production company, 40 Acres and a Mule as an educational statement, Zel Anders named her company Amendment 28 Films to call out the fact women have yet to be protected by the U.S. Constitution.