Ultraviolet

Equality at a Higher Frequency

UltraViolet is a community of women and men, fighting to expand women's rights and combat sexism everywhere - from politics and government to media and pop culture.

Ultraviolet: Equality at a Higher Frequency

About Us

UltraViolet is a new and rapidly growing community of women and men across the U.S. 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, and reproductive rights.


Sexism is ubiquitous. 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:


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.


UltraViolet’s signature infographics have educated over 500,000 women about the Affordable Care Act, reached 2 million people with information on rape culture, highlighted the anti-woman agenda of lawmakers like Todd Akin and Paul Ryan, and spread the word about pay inequality to 50,000 people.


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 2013 work, in graphic form, and here's our 2013 annual report.


Join us! Sign up for our email alerts here, follow us on Facebook here, or make a donation here. You can check out profiles of our staff and co-founders here. Got thoughts on our campaigns or ideas for future actions? Drop us a note at info@weareultraviolet.org.


Work for UltraViolet! If you're interested in a job with UltraViolet, check out our open positions here: http://ultraviolet.theresumator.com/apply/


Thank you for speaking out for equality and women's rights! Check out some photos of our campaigns below: