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Gender Justice

Advancing gender equity through the law.

aka Gender Justice   |   Saint Paul, MN   |  http://genderjustice.us

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Mission

The mission of Gender Justice is to advance gender equity through the law.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Megan J. Peterson

Main address

663 University Avenue W Ste 200

Saint Paul, MN 55104 USA

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EIN

80-0603630

NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We work to create a world where everyone can thrive no matter their gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Central to this work is dismantling the legal, political, and structural barriers to gender equity.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Impact and Strategic Litigation

We bring cases that make a point. Our cases clarify what the law actually means in practice, change the interpretation of the law, or raise new and important issues as yet unaddressed by the courts.

We select cases based on their potential either to affect broad populations in similar situations as our clients or to set a powerful legal precedent on a particular issue. We believe in the power of the court to change our legal system and our society. We use the law to help people and to advance our vision of a society free from gender barriers.

In the past, our cases have addressed discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming clients, undocumented immigrants, women in traditionally masculine trades, pregnant workers, low-income tenants, and many more.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Women and girls

Along with our work in the courts, we utilize the legislature to create social change. We lobby for new policies and laws that transform the ways our country addresses gender injustice. By organizing locally and nationally for meaningful reform, we work to change public opinion on gender.

Gender Justice also serves as the organizational home of UnRestrict Minnesota, which is a multi-racial coalition of LGBTQ+ advocates, faith communities, clinicians, activists, doctors, abortion funds, lawyers, organizers, healthcare clinics, doulas, podcasts, and more.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Women and girls

We work across Minnesota to build coalitions with local movements and have recently begun our expansion to the Dakotas. Coordinating with local movements helps us to stay connected to how policymaking plays out on the ground – including the identification of enforcement gaps and unintended consequences – to identify potential plaintiffs for impact litigation. Through these collaborations, we can bring our legal expertise to our partnerships with allies in grassroots and underserved communities, which recently has included transgender youth and incarcerated individuals, anti-hate and anti-violence efforts, LGBTQ+ health organizations, and abolition work.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Women and girls

The goal of our education work is to shift the narrative around gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and abortion access towards being human rights that are entitled to everyone. While our litigation, advocacy, and movement building seek to shift the legal framework, our education works to shift the public perception around gender and sexuality. This is imperative for creating the groundswell of support for our work, especially among legal professionals and the judiciary, which are strongly influenced by public norms and mores.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Partner organizations of our UnRestrict Minnesota campaign.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ECONOMIC JUSTICE
We all have a right to a workplace free of harassment and discrimination, and a fair chance to grow and succeed. Longstanding barriers built into our economic systems limit women, people of color, LGB, trans and gender nonconforming people from accessing the economic opportunities they need to thrive.

FREEDOM FROM GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
There is no gender justice without safety from sexual harassment or gender-based violence. We fight on behalf of the many folks whose bodies have long been sites of violence and exploitation, working to upend unhealthy power dynamics and restore autonomy.

REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM & JUSTICE
Deciding whether or when to become a parent is about freedom and control over our lives at the most basic level: our bodies, our families, our life’s path. We know too well that women and people who can get pregnant can never be equal in society without bodily autonomy and the ability to decide if, when and how to become a parent.

TRANS & LGBQ LIBERATION
Everyone, no matter who they love or how they identify, deserves to feel safe and supported in their community. We strive for a world where every person can live freely and safely as their true selves, no matter the beliefs of the people around them.

Partnerships and Coalition Building
Gender Justice takes a movement-based approach, joining with justice-minded partners so together we can build the knowledge base and relationships crucial to ensuring that all of our work reflects an appreciation of intersecting identities and experiences, and an understanding of gender, racial and economic justice.

Public Education
To realize the full potential of changing the law, we also change hearts and minds and build power for further change alongside our legal work. People need to not only know their rights, but also feel empowered and supported by cultural shifts to realize those rights. Our work around public education and understanding allows Gender Justice to make positive change within the law and within the broader culture.

Expert Legal Analysis
Gender Justice’s expert legal analysis comes from a deep understanding of how the law works, how it is enforced, and the impact it has on people’s real lives. Too often, the justice system is used as a tool for oppression. We have particular expertise in state and federal civil rights laws, including the Minnesota Human Rights Act, Title VII, Title IX, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

Policy Advocacy
Gender Justice advocates in the statehouse, Congress and across Minnesota on behalf of policies that advance gender equity. We promote new policies and laws, and work to stop those with the potential to undermine our freedoms, dignity and autonomy. We are a resource for lawmakers so they are more informed, confident and equipped to advocate for gender rights and equality.

Strategic and Impact Litigation
We believe in the power of the courts to create positive change. With the cases we take on, Gender Justice seeks to help not only individual clients, but other people or communities experiencing similar difficulties. Our cases clarify what the law actually means in practice, set powerful legal precedents on a particular issue, change the interpretation of the law, and raise new and important issues as yet unaddressed by the courts.

We have built a skilled team for financial, programmatic, and team management on both staff and board and have been successful managing complex financials. As our capacity continues to grow, so does the impact of our work; over the past five years we have increased staffing from 3 to 20 and our budget from $400K to over $3M. We recently received a large $930,000 grant from the Bush Foundation to expand our work into North Dakota and South Dakota.

Our leadership team brings valuable diversity and expertise to our organization, with a Legal Director who is a former public defender and Deputy Director with an extensive background as an organizational development and racial equity consultant.

Recognized nationally for her work, our Executive Director excels in coalition building, setting bold agendas, and leading organizations through impressive growth and transformation.

Our Special Projects Advisor, a groundbreaking figure, became among the youngest and first LGBTQ person endorsed as the democratic candidate for Lt. Governor in 2018 and currently serves as the State Senate's first Black queer woman.

Since 1992, our Political Director has spearheaded organizing, activism, fundraising, and policy advocacy for equity and justice, and notably led efforts to achieve marriage equality in Minnesota.

Our organization and team has received numerous awards and recognition for our work, including 2021 and 2022 Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of Year, 2023 Twin Cities Pride LGBTQ+ Organization of the Year, 2022 Minnesota Women’s Press Changemaker Award, 2020 Lavender Bar Association Equality & Justice Award, and more.

Financials

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Gender Justice

Board of directors
as of 10/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Summra Shariff

Amanda Furst

University of MN Law School

David Schlesinger

Nichols Kaster

Summra Shariff

Twin Cities Diversity in Practice

EJ Dean

Tom Fiebiger

Binta Kanteh

Wintana Melekin

Ann Tobin

Hetal Dalal

Amanda Bartschenfeld

CB Baga

Melissa Harl

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes