Advocacy and Activism
Girls That Create has put together a list of resources on advocacy and activism organizations that benefit both women and girls. Note: If you would like to suggest organizations or resources to add to this list, please contact us at erin(at)girlsthatcreate.com. Thank you.
Anti-Violence Project (AVP): The largest anti-LGBTQ violence organization in the country. Empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.
artEquity: Provides tools, resources, and training at the intersection of art and activism. artEquity is building a broad base of individuals and organizations who are strategically poised to create and sustain a culture of equity, inclusion, and justice through arts and culture.
Arts Administrators of Color Network (AAC): Focuses on networking and community building through the arts. We are advocates and continue to fight for equity in the arts through collaboration, forums, and outlets that provide a voice for arts administrators and artists of color where there may not be one.
Asian American Women Artists Association: Founded in 1989 to promote the visibility of Asian American women artists and to serve as a vehicle for personal expression with a view of Asian American cultures and history from women’s perspectives.
Born This Way Foundation: Leverages innovative programming and partnerships to model, convene, and support healthy conversations about mental wellness, to connect youth with resources and services that support their mental health – online and offline, and to encourage and build communities that understand and prioritize mental and emotional wellness.
EmbraceRace: An online community of discussion and practice about raising and caring for kids, all kids, in the context of race.
Feminist Art Coalition: Established in 2017, FAC is an art project platform that collaborates with arts institutions to create a cultural space on feminist thought and action to encourage civic engagement.
Feminist Center for Creative Work: A Los Angeles-based network of women & non-binary folks engaged in conversations about contemporary feminisms & creative practices.
Feminist Majority Foundation: Organization dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health, and non-violence.
Girls Inc.: Inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. A combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment and research-based programming equips girls to lead fulfilling and productive lives, break the cycle of poverty, and become role models in their community.
Girl Up: A United Nations Foundation initiative inspiring a generation of girls to be a force for gender equality and social change.
GLAAD: Rewriting the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.
Guerrilla Girls: Feminist activist artists who wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture.
International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP): Supporting and promoting women playwrights around the world and bringing attention to their works.
Learning for Justice: Mission is to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy. Formerly Teaching Tolerance.
MediaGirls: Teaches girls how to think critically about the undermining media messaging they consume, know their true self-worth, and harness the power of media to uplift one another.
National Arts and Disability Center (NADC): Promotes the inclusion of audiences and artists with disabilities into all facets of the arts community.
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures: Nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the Latino arts field.
National Center for Transgender Equality: Advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: Provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC): Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children.
National Organization for Women (NOW): Dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States.
Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) for Performing Arts + Media: A national community, resource hub, and solutions generator for individuals with caregiver responsibilities and institutions who strive to support them.
PFLAG: The first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, their parents and families, and allies.
Promundo: Works to promote gender equality and prevent violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls.
She Should Run: A nonpartisan nonprofit working to dramatically increase the number of women considering a run for public office.
Statera Arts: Working to uplift, amplify, and advance women and non-binary people in the arts.
Sustainable Arts Foundation: Supports artists and writers with children.
Time’s Up: Aims to create a society free of gender-based discrimination in the workplace and beyond.
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: The only research-based organization working collaboratively within the entertainment industry to create gender balance, foster inclusion and reduce negative stereotyping in family entertainment media.
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation: Works to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change through the arts.
The Trevor Project: The world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.
Women’s Caucus for Art: This multidisciplinary, multicultural organization centers around art, education and social activism to provide women with leadership opportunities and professional development skills. They also focus on local, national and global arts activism to increase art equity.
Women’s Media Center: Working to raise the visibility, viability, and decision-making power of women and girls in media and, thereby, ensuring that their stories get told and their voices are heard.
Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA): Dedicated to creating racial and cultural equity in the performing arts field, by promoting professional opportunities for arts administrators and providing a platform to give voice and visibility to women of color.
Women’s Studio Workshop: The New York-based artists’ workspace offers classes, events, studio rentals, internships and residential grants to women, trans, non binary and genderfluid artists, no matter the stage of their career.
Women Who Create: A community of women of color who are kicking down doors, shattering glass ceilings, and raising each other up.