“Equal Means Equal,” a soon-to-be released documentary directed by Kamala Lopez, promises “an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today.” By revealing “the inadequacy of present laws in place that claim to protect women,” the film’s ultimate purpose is to “present a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment,” which is why its 2-minute trailer is now serving as the powerful preamble to a new Change.org petition started by Patricia Arquette calling for the passage of the ERA.

Supported by Kamala Lopez, the ERA Coalition, and Noreen Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates, Arquette’s petition urges lawmakers to vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. It comes one year after the actress and activist made her impassioned Oscars acceptance speech, in which she called for pay equality and equal rights for women, and has garnered over 70,000 signatures in less than 5 days.

“It is time that we finally make this happen for ourselves, our daughters, and for the future of our nation.” – Patricia Arquette

Arquette opens her petition

This is the year 2016. Isn’t it time women had equal rights in America?

She continues with historic context…

The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that affirms that all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of sex or gender. Seems self-evident, right?

Do you think that women’s equal rights are guaranteed by our constitution? Sadly, they are not.

The ERA never passed, leaving women’s rights up for interpretation. This imbalance has been demonstrated time and time again in the highest courts in the land, where women often lose even when clear bias is shown. Women’s rights are seemingly at the mercy of whoever is in office or on a judicial bench at any given time.

She adds…

The Equal Rights Amendment may seem unnecessary to some, but the truth is American women do not have explicit rights under The Constitution. There are dozens of areas where a lack of equal rights negatively affects women and the families they support.

She punctuates her plea…

It is time that we finally make this happen for ourselves, our daughters, and for the future of our nation.

YES, YES, YES it most certainly is!

Sign Patricia Arquette’s petition for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment here.