Bread and Roses is the not-for-profit cultural arm of New York's Health and Human Service Union, 1199/SEIU. Its 220,000 predominantly Latina and African American women members are employed in all job categories in health care institutions throughout the metropolitan area, New Jersey and Florida. Bread and Roses was founded in 1979 as a cultural resource for union members and students in New York City who would otherwise have little access to the arts. Special emphasis is given to programs that signify and interpret their history while generating new artistic expression.
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University is a research, education and public service center. Its mission is to promote greater understanding and knowledge about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to defending and promoting women's reproductive rights worldwide.
The Equal Rights Amendment, maintained by the Equal Rights Amendment task force of the National Council of Women's Organizations, provides the text of the original ERA written by Alice Paul in 1923 as well as a historical timeline of the events surrounding feminist campaigns for the amendment. The website also offers a current list of supporters of the Equal Rights campaigns, including the League of Women Voters who previously opposed the amendment, as well as updates about the legislative status of the amendment. is a consciousness-raising portal of resources and information that supports women's equality, self-empowerment, wellness and safety. This website features news, original articles, activism alerts, events, anti-violence resources, women-owned business listings, an "Ask Amy" advice column, and more.
The Feminist Majority Foundation Online provides news and information on a variety of women's issues, including, among many others, breast cancer activism, reproductive rights, violence against women, and women and girls in sports.
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is one of the world's largest and oldest women's volunteer service organizations. Working locally through thousands of clubs in the United States and globally in more than 20 countries, GFWC members support the arts, preserve natural resources, promote education, encourage healthy lifestyles, stress civic involvement, and work toward world peace and understanding.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in the United States. Founded in 1980, HRC effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support to fair-minded candidates, and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting GLBT Americans, including workplace, family, discrimination and health issues. The HRC Foundation, an HRC-affiliated organization, engages in extensive research and provides education and programming.
The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) is an independent, non-profit, public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating debate on issues of critical importance for women. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, the social and economic aspects of health care and domestic violence, and women's civic and political participation.
The mission of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. A US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC effects this mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. From its inception in 1920, the League of Women Voters has been a leading voice for change, strengthening our democratic system at every level of government. We have evolved over time, tackling the emerging issues of the day -- from child labor and civil rights to the Equal Rights Amendment and the Motor Voter Law. And the League will continue to take on the challenges of a new century, reforming the governmental system and engaging the citizens -- so that everyone votes and every vote counts.
Making Face, Making Soul is a site by, for, and about Chicanas -- women of Mexican descent in the United States. This site contains a variety of resources including short biographies of Chicanas, Chicana poetry and literature, cultural resources, academic resources, internet links, and more. While this site is by, for, and about Chicanas, it is also for "everybody else," since it deals with women's issues, family issues, racial and ethnic issues, women of color issues, working class issues, sexuality issues, and youth issues. This is a place where everybody can learn from Chicana experiences.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (located in Denver, CO) is a grassroots non-profit membership organization working since 1978 to end violence in the lives of women and children. The coalition provides a national network for state coalitions and local programs serving battered women and their children, public policy at the national level, technical assistance, community awareness campaigns, general information and referrals, and publications on the issue of domestic violence.
The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW courageously takes a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare, women's rights, and reproductive freedom. NCJW’s official site offers opportunities to take action via the Action Center.
The National Council of Negro Women was founded in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune to unite women to secure social justice. Its mission is to advance the opportunities and quality of life for African-American women, their families and communities through research, advocacy, and community-based services and programs in the United States and Africa.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), founded in 1973, works to eliminate prejudice, violence and injustice against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people at local, state and national levels. As part of a broader social justice movement for freedom, justice and equality, NGLTF works to create a world that respects and celebrates the diversity of human expression and identity.
The National Organization for Women maintains a site that provides information on current feminist issues such as violence against women, lesbian rights, abortion and reproductive rights, and racial and ethnic diversity, among many others.
The Lesbian Avengers, a direct action group focused on issues vital to lesbian survival and visibility, has put a Civil Rights Organizing handbook on the web: "Out Against the Right." The Avengers untake many goals, ranging from fighting racisim to ending domestic violence to fighting the power of the Religious Right. They have many chapters around the country.
The Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO) is a global organization actively working to increase the power of women worldwide as policymakers in governance and in policymaking institutions, to achieve economic and social justice, a peaceful and healthy planet and human rights for all.
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom homepage provides information about the organization's history and the most pressing current issues and WILPF campaigns. The site also has a resources section for peace activists and provides membership information.
Women Waging Peace advocates for the full participation of women in formal and informal peace processes around the world. Women Waging Peace brings together women from diverse areas of conflict around the world to share peace-building strategies, sharpen skills, and shape public policy.
WomenWatch is the United Nations internet gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It provides links to UN agencies working on women's issues worldwide, reports on the work of UN conferences on women's issues (including the Bejing platform), national action plans, statistics on women in national governments, and reports of working groups on specific initiatives.


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