2017 was a significant year for gender rights: Over 3 million women and girls in the US gathered and marched for their rights. The #metoo movement exposed sexual violence and assault across all strata of society and forced a long overdue public reckoning. And in spite of anti-LGBT legislation in federal and state courts, US cities were gaining ground in the battle for equal rights.

Given all that transpired, 2018 is the year we sustain the current momentum and build on these successes. Now is the time we increase the numbers of LGBTQIA and female candidates, particularly people of color, in politics, boardrooms, STEM fields, and high-tech. It’s the year to narrow the wage gap, fight workplace discrimination, ensure equal rights for women, and the LGBTQIA community at all levels of society.

Prospective fellows applying in the LGBTQIA & Women’s Rights issue area will work to defend the rights of women and LGBTQIA individuals to secure their health and wellbeing, including but certainly not limited to:

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Audre Lorde


  • Supporting more women in leadership positions, including the election of women to higher office
  • Fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Supporting LGBTQIA individuals in health care, jobs, military, housing, and family rights
  • Ensuring LGBTQIA students can attend school without fear of bullying and harassment
  • Gaining better maternal and infant health care, parental leave, and child care
  • Fighting for “equal pay for equal work”
  • Preventing and supporting victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment