In 2002, the Women’s Law Project opened an office in Pittsburgh so we could more directly serve and support the women of Western Pennsylvania. We are proud of all the work we’ve been able to accomplish in the region over the past fourteen years.
Our theme this year is “Voices for Justice,” and we will be honoring Cathy Raphael, a lifelong advocate for women’s rights who currently serves on the board of the Ms. Foundation, with the Myra Bradwell Award. Ms. Raphael has also served on the board of the Women’s Law Project, the Women Donors Network, the Society for Contemporary Craft, and the Funding Exchange. She is one of the founding mothers of the Women and Girls Foundation of SWPA. She is also a metalsmith, a storyteller and a fantasy fiction writer. We couldn’t be more proud to honor her spirit and generosity, which has enabled so many progressive causes to move forward in Pennsylvania, and beyond.
We call our annual party “Rights to Realities” because that is what we do—we strive to transform rights into realities for women and girls of Pennsylvania through high-impact litigation, legislative initiatives and policy advocacy.
You can see this process in action in our recent work. This spring, we represented Pennsylvania abortion providers as “friends of the court” in a case before the Supreme Court of the United States. We have been working diligently to help prevent discrimination against pregnant workers by educating constituents, lawmakers and the business community about the need to clarify the rights of pregnant women in the workplace. We have worked to improve laws protecting children from sexual assault and harassment in schools. While abortion providers are under attack—both literally and figuratively, through legislation such as the bizarre double-abortion ban recently introduced in Pennsylvania—we work to keep healthcare facilities that offer abortion care open, and to protect doctors and patients from harassment.
Because the Women’s Law Project is a non-profit organization and we do not charge clients for our legal services, we need your support in order to help sustain our work.
We have been working incredibly hard this year to promote and protect women’s health and economic security, and we do it all on private foundation grants and donations from individual supporters like you.
At Rights to Realities, guests can look forward to several fantastic silent and live-auction items, live jazz music, delicious food and drinks, and of course the opportunity to mingle and celebrate with over 200 fellow women’s rights supporters.
We’ll also announce the much-anticipated “winner” of our annual “Say What?” contest.
For our “Say What?” contest, we collect unbelievably sexist things said about women—by real people, in public—and you vote for the worst. If you have been paying attention to the news this year, there are some doozies.
Here is an example of a recent nomination:
“Women like to marry a man who makes more than she does so then she can take time off and work fewer hours when she has something she’d rather do like have a kid and look after her children. So the pay gap, really, is something that women like.” –Phyllis Schlafly, Huffington Post
Click here to vote. We will announce the winner at the party, and then send him or her a little something to let them know what the good people of Pennsylvania think of their views of women.
To register for the party, click here. Thank you to our generous sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring Rights to Realities, please contact Lachelle Binion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women’s Law Project is the only public interest law center in Pennsylvania devoted to advancing the rights of women and girls.