UltraViolet is a powerful and rapidly growing community of people from all walks of life mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture. UltraViolet works on a range of issues including health care, economic security, violence, reproductive rights, racial justice, and immigration by putting the voices of all women, especially women of color and LGBTQ women, front and center.
Sexism is everywhere. At UltraViolet, we combine innovative, cutting-edge organizing with grassroots, people-powered actions to fight for equality and progress.
Equality at a higher frequency--that's what we're all about. Here are just a few examples of our recent successful campaigns:
This fall UltraViolet expanded offline events with 53 events across the country, with more to come in 2015. UltraViolet exposed that 55 cases of abuse went unanswered for at the NFL under Commissioner Goodell’s watch. The public outcry including petitions, phone calls and airplane banners over stadiums forced a policy change at the NFL. UltraViolet targeted 36 colleges with our new website endcampusrape.com, which includes stories from survivors, videos on consent, and infographics.
Over the summer of 2014 UltraViolet launched “Board of Tourism” ads in ten states calling out the pay gap, lack of paid leave and restrictions to reproductive care. Paid sick days ballot initiatives passed in Massachusetts and New Jersey after awareness campaign that included Board of Tourism billboards and airport mobile ads. 60,000 UltraViolet members demanded TBS cancel CeeLo Green’s show after he trivialized rape and TBS announced the show’s cancelation that same day.
In the spring of 2014, a Montana rapist was sentenced to just one month. After over 80,000 UltraViolet members demanded justice for the survivor, not only is the judge at fault leaving, but the Montana Supreme Court ordered resentencing. In Louisiana, the administration of anti-choice Gov. Jindal proposed regulations that would have closed nearly every abortion clinic in the state. UltraViolet partnered with allies on the ground to collect thousands of public comments and rally at a public hearing, leading to every regulation being withdrawn.
On the national scene, President Obama signed executive orders to help women in the workplace, including raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, requiring gender data on pay equity, and protecting women from retaliation when speaking out about unequal compensation, which followed UltraViolet working with Lilly Ledbetter to successfully petition the President. Later that spring, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault announced plans that included recommendations from the over 10,000 UltraViolet members, many of them survivors, who submitted proposals to address the epidemic of campus rape. And in the private sector, after AOL's CEO cut benefits and blamed pregnant workers for them, nearly 50,000 UltraViolet members forced Armstrong to rescind the benefit cuts and issue a public apology for his offensive comments.
UltraViolet partnered with NARAL Pro-Choice America to successfully petition Yahoo to take down deceptive advertisements run by crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs).
In the fall of 2013, UltraViolet members demanded justice for Renisha McBride who was shot and killed while asking for help, and won when the county prosecutor charged the shooter with second-degree murder and manslaughter. In late November, UltraViolet members asked the Senate to confirm Professor Nina Pillard, a strong advocate for women's rights, to the DC Circuit Court. When Pillard was blocked, UltraViolet members successfully lobbied for the Senate filibuster rules to be reformed, and Pillard was officially confirmed to the bench. Continued pressure in Steubenville, Ohio also resulted in four school administrators being indicted for covering up the now-infamous rape.
In spring 2013, the Reebok-sponsored rapper Rick Ross released a single in which he bragged about drugging and raping a woman. After nearly 100,000 UltraViolet members spoke out, including 526 rape survivors, and generated more than 500 news articles, Reebok dropped their sponsorship of the rapper. Read more here.
When congressional conservatives blocked reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, UltraViolet Action members--including over 2000 survivors of domestic violence--generated hundreds of calls and 100,000 petition signatures to Congress, and donated to fund a hard-hitting television ad, ultimately helping push Congress to pass an expanded and improved VAWA. Read more here.
In the days before Facebook’s 2012 IPO, UltraViolet highlighted the fact that the social media giant had no women on their board of directors. Our members’ grassroots action, including a rally in New York City that generated dozens of news articles, successfully pushed Facebook to name the first woman to their board. Read more here.
In spring 2012, Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown grad student a “slut” dozens of times on national radio after she testified in favor of insurance coverage for birth control. UltraViolet members demanded accountability, and ultimately got 140 of Rush’s advertisers to pull their ads from his radio program. Read more here.
Want more? Here's a roundup of all of our 2014 work.
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