WE ARE A NONPROFIT LEGAL & POLICY ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION DEVOTED TO ADDRESSING THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF GENDER INEQUALITY.
Our mission is broader than women’s rights, standing alone. We fight any discrimination based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Gender Justice was founded in 2010 to break down gender barriers wielding the law as our tool. We’re small, mighty, and swing above our weight – calling out gender discrimination where and when we see it.
And now, we have a new logo and new look!
In January, Gender Justice welcomed former Minnesota state legislator Erin Maye Quade as our new advocacy director. Maye Quade is a longtime champion of women’s, reproductive, and LGTBQ rights, and received national attention for fearlessly speaking out against the pervasive culture of sexual harassment within the statehouse. As a 2018 candidate for lieutenant governor, Maye Quade was the first LGBTQ person - and one of the youngest - to be endorsed on the ticket of a major political party in Minnesota.
We asked Erin to talk about some of her recent experiences and outlook for the coming year.
Some of the fiercest advocates for gender equity are mothers. They fight for their children. They fight for their families. They fight for themselves. Over the years Gender Justice has had the pleasure of calling a number of amazing mothers our clients.
"Jess comes to Gender Justice with years of experience rooting out and dismantling discrimination in our legal system,” said Executive Director Megan Peterson. “In her new role, she will steer our team’s litigation strategy, ensuring that it not only brings justice to individual clients but also advances our mission of breaking down barriers to gender equity. We are thrilled to be joined by this fierce advocate for justice."
If you believe in the groundbreaking work of Gender Justice, Give OUT Day is the perfect time to show your support with a gift. By helping us reach our $6,000 fundraising goal you make it possible for us to break down the gender barriers holding trans and nonbinary folks back from thriving in the world.
Yesterday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals brought a measure of justice to our client, Renee "Rae" Florek , upholding a previous, unanimous ruling in her civil lawsuit against ex-boyfriend Randall Lee Vannet, who admitted to raping her in 2013, while she was unconscious due to prescribed medication to relieve symptoms of throat cancer.
“Minnesotans have some of the most meaningful civil and human rights protections in the country. We value the right to work, go to school and live free of harassment or discrimination.
The Anoka-Hennepin School District is once against charged with violating the constitutional and civil rights of LGBTQ students. In a new lawsuit filed Monday morning in Minnesota's Tenth District Court, Gender Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and the law firm Stinson Leonard Street, working pro bono, asserted that Anoka-Hennepin School District violated the state Constitution's right to due process and equal protection and the Minnesota Human Rights Act by treating transgender student N.H. differently than other students and failing to provide him with an equal education.
Employees have a right to expect that they will have a workplace free of harassment and discrimination, and given a fair chance to succeed. Fixing the problem of sexual harassment will require change on many levels -- this bill is one of the most meaningful and powerful solutions we have.