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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
  • Tell the Senate: Pass the bill to reverse Supreme Court's birth control ruling

    June's Supreme Court decision gutting access to birth control was devastating -- but the good news is that something can be done. The Not My Bosses' Business Bill was just introduced in Congress to reverse the Supreme Court's decision gutting women's right to birth control coverage -- and it has HUGE momentum. If we shine a spotlight on this bill and bring it to a vote, we'll know which members of Congress support affordable access to birth control -- and which side with 5 men on the Supreme Court.
  • Tell the Postal Service: Create a Maya Angelou postage stamp

    Maya Angelou lived an inspiring life--one that will continue to influence generations to come. And there's a wonderful way for us as a country to honor her: by commemorating her life with a United States Postal Service stamp.
  • Victory! Yahoo takes down misleading abortion clinic ads

    In less than 48 hours after the UltraViolet petition launched, Yahoo agreed to remove ads that mislead and lie to women concerning abortion clinics. Thanks to the over 26,000 members who took action!
  • Tell Pier 1 Imports to stop discriminating against pregnant workers

    Pier 1 has an illegal policy on its books--pregnant workers are given 8 weeks of light duty and then forced to take unpaid leave, whether they want to or not. Pier 1 markets heavily to women and cares a lot about its family friendly image. Will you stand up for women facing discrimination and tell Pier 1 to stop discriminating?
  • Thank you President Obama!

    Big news! President Obama just signed 2 executive orders for equal pay--benefiting 26 million people who may be earning less simply because they're women. Will you sign the card thanking Obama for taking action to end gender discrimination in pay?
  • Chicago on the brink of a major change

    Chicago is at a tipping point that would create a major change for working families. The Chicago City Council has introduced an ordinance that would provide every employee in the city with paid sick days that can also be used to care for family members. A majority of City Council members have voiced support (which is huge!), but just 9 more need to pledge they'll vote in favor to guarantee this awesome bill passes.
  • Your boss and your birth control

    On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether bosses like Hobby Lobby's CEO can make health care decisions for women. Check out this infographic and pass it along to your friends to fight back.
  • Photo: Kent Quirk Flickr

    Dartmouth: Stop ignoring the "rape guide"

    A Dartmouth student was assaulted after her information was posted on a campus "rape guide." That's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Photo: ECohen Flickr

    Rapists can sue for WHAT?

    Ohio has a critical bill that will protect rape survivors who have children from being sued for custody by their rapists. But the bill is stuck. Will you sign the petition asking Chairman Eklund to push it forward?
  • Florida: Your #1 anti-woman destination

    With strategically targeted, hard-hitting ads in airports and on travel websites, we can force anti-choice politicians in big tourism states to back off their attacks on reproductive freedom. Will you help us raise $15,000 to get this project off the ground?
  • Whole Foods Messed with the Wrong Mom

    Whole Foods just fired Rhiannon Broschat for taking a day off during a snow storm to care for her special needs son. Demand Whole Foods reinstate Rhiannon and stop unfairly punishing workers.
  • Victory! AOL CEO Apologizes

    Less than 24 hours after we launched the petition to stop AOL CEO Tim Armstrong from cutting worker benefits while blaming pregnant women, Armstrong issued an apology and reversed the cuts! Thanks to the 42,000 UltraViolet members who spoke out.
  • Victory! Louisiana Rescinds Backdoor Abortion Ban

    Nearly 300 UltraViolet Louisiana members weighed in when Louisiana's Dept. of Health and Hospitals tried to close the state's 5 abortion clinics with backdoor regulations. Shortly after, DHH rescinded their proposal.
  • Lilly Ledbetter: Do more for equal pay!

    In his State of the Union speech, Pres. Obama highlighted the truth: women still make less than men. But the President can do more by issuing an executive order on equal pay that would affect millions of people. Can you add your name to Lilly Ledbetter's petition?
  • Daisy Coleman is a Hero

    Daisy and her mom courageously spoke out when they could have stayed silent. Let's show them we appreciate their bravery and strength.
  • Some politicians want to make "rape audits" a thing

    Tea Party conservatives are proposing legislation that requires victims of sexual violence to tell their horrifying stories to...IRS agents?! Tell the House: Keep the IRS out of women's private medical records.
  • Thank you!

    2013 was has been a big year! We raised our voices together in some of the biggest fights for women, and we made a real difference--and it's all thanks to YOU!
  • Enroll-a-thon

    Everyone deserves quality, affordable health insurance. You can help friends and family learn about enrollment in the new Obamacare marketplaces. How many people will you help?
  • This is really none of Donald Trump's business

    But it could be if Hobby Lobby gets their way.
  • Your Tea Party Uncle

    This Thanksgiving, you're ready for him.
  • Tell Congress: Hold health insurance companies accountable

    Health insurance companies are trying to have it both ways: sending misleading letters and jacking up rates while trashing the Affordable Care Act. Ask Congress to make it stop.
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    So this is why Wendy Davis filibustered

    We knew things would get bad in Texas, we just didn't realize HOW BAD. Check out this graphic about the real cost of extreme abortion restrictions in Texas.
  • Tell the Washington Post: Fire Richard Cohen

    Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen's long history of rhetoric justifying sexism and racism finally caught up to him with this remark. Now it's time for him to go.
  • Appoint this Awesome, Pro-Woman Judge Already!

    President Obama has nominated Nina Pillard--a superhero for women's rights--to be a judge on the 2nd most powerful court in the country. Tell the Senate to confirm her right away!
  • Justice for Renisha McBride

    Renisha McBride was looking for help after a car accident. Instead, she was shot in the face. Why hasn't the perpetrator been charged yet? Sign the petition to demand justice.
  • Photo: ISAF Public Affairs Flickr

    Stop this inhumane bill

    Following the House's bad lead, Sen. Lindsey Graham just introduced a sweeping and inhumane abortion ban bill in the Senate. Tell the Senate to block the bill and spare families more pain.
  • This simple thing could make us all safer

    If politicians really want to help women, knowing this will go a long way.
  • Photo: Breast Cancer Fund

    Toxic chemicals in our makeup

    Revlon is running ads promoting their support for breast cancer awareness while selling products to women that actually contain cancer-causing chemicals. Tell Revlon: put our health first, remove toxic chemicals from your makeup products!
  • Photo: Lisa Norwood Flickr

    Stop the Maryville Coverup

    2 years ago, 14-year-old Daisy Coleman was raped in Maryville, Missouri by a high school football player and grandson of a powerful, local politician. But now, he's walking free while Daisy and her family struggle to deal with the aftermath. Will you sign the petition demanding the Missouri Attorney General step in and get justice for Daisy?
  • Tell Congress: Hands off food stamps!

    House Republicans want to cut $40 billion from food stamps (a.k.a. SNAP)--kicking somewhere between 4 and 6 million people off the program. After children, women are the biggest SNAP recipients, relying on it to provide food for themselves and their families. Sign the petition and tell Congress: hands off food stamps!
  • Photo: Facebook / Auliea Hanlon

    Judge who blames 14-year-old victim needs to go

    Montana Judge G. Todd Baugh sent a teacher who raped his 14-year-old to prison for just 30 days--saying the victim was “as much in control of the situation” as her rapist and that she was “older than her chronological age.” We need to speak out and ask authorities disrobe Judge Baugh so he can never let a rapist off the hook again. Can you sign the petition?
  • Photo: Kylie Nicholson/Know Your IX

    ONE DAY for attempted sexual assault

    Yale University "punished" a student with a one-day suspension for attempted sexual assault. But it's not just Yale--campuses across the country are under fire for sweeping rape under the rug. Survivors are fighting back--sign here to join them.
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    This has to stop

    There's an epidemic in this country, and RAPE CONFUSION HAS TO STOP. Spread the word that rape is rape. We have to clear the air so that there is NO confusion.
  • Get your own UltraViolet t-shirt

    Exciting news! You can now get your very own UltraViolet t-shirt--or hoodie, hat or coffee mug--through our UltraViolet Zazzle store. Check it out at www.zazzle.com/ultravioletgear and share with your friends!
  • Hey GOP: Drop the 20-week Abortion Ban

    This week, the House is scheduled to vote on a bill to criminalize abortion nationwide after the 20th week of pregnancy. Sign the petition to tell them: We won’t forget the conservative war on women, stop attacking our rights.
  • 10 Years for Exposing Steubenville?

    Deric Lostutter helped expose the now-infamous Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case and cover-up by uncovering and posting the photos and tweets from teens who witnessed the attack. Without his work, we don't know if Jane Doe would have ever received justice. Now, he’s facing 10 years in prison for his role in "hacking" and uncovering this awful crime--while the actual rapists will serve no more than 2 years. Can you sign the petition telling the US Attorney that Lostutter is a hero, not a criminal?
  • Eric Cantor: We're not falling for it

    Would House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the Republicans use a cynical and deceptive bill to con women and families into thinking Republicans are on their side, when really, they're trying to take away our rights? Yup. This week, they're going to vote on the deceptively named the “Working Families Flexibility Act,” and if we don't speak up quickly, it could pass. Sign the petition.
  • Shame on the U.S. Senate

    Shame on all 45 Senators--including 4 Democrats--who just voted against requiring background checks for gun purchases--something 90% of Americans support. Four months after the Newtown massacre, they are still kowtowing to the gun lobby instead of protecting our kids and families. Champions in the Senate are going to keep fighting for this bill and we need put every senator who voted "No" on notice: We're here, we know what you did, and we're going to hold you accountable.
  • Thank you, Reebok!

    After 100,000 UltraViolet members and our allies spoke out, Reebok ended their endorsement deal with Rick Ross, the rapper who brags about raping a woman in his recent single. When a company does the right thing, it's important that we thank them. Can you sign the card to Reebok?
  • A Sexist Employer's Guide to Paying Women Less

    WARNING: If you think women should get equal pay for equal work, DO NOT SHARE THIS. But if you think that it's crazy that even today, women only make $0.77 for every dollar a man makes, you should share this right away.