Women's Liberation Front

Protecting, Advancing, and Restoring the Rights of Women and Girls

aka WoLF   |   Washington, DC   |  http://womensliberationfront.org

Mission

The Women's Liberation Front's mission is to abolish regressive gender roles and the epidemic of male violence using legal arguments, policy advocacy, and public education. Founded in 2013 and incorporated in 2016, the Women's Liberation Front (WoLF) is dedicated to the total liberation of women and girls.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Dr. Mahri Irvine PhD

Main address

1802 Vernon Street NW #2036

Washington, DC 20009 USA

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EIN

81-3249020

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Women's Rights (R24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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WoLF believes that female humans, the class of people called women, are oppressed by men under a system called 'patriarchy.' Patriarchy is organized around the extraction of resources from female bodies and minds in the service of men, including reproductive, sexual, emotional, and labor resources. WoLF also believes that 'gender' is a hierarchical caste system that organizes male supremacy which cannot be reformed, and therefore must be abolished. Further, WoLF believes that overlapping systems of injustice built on misogyny, racism, and wealth inequality must all be dismantled for all women to be free.

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

Legal Advocacy & Public Policy

At the heart of its advocacy, WoLF coordinates its legal expertise related to our focus areas to advocate through amicus briefs and raise public awareness of legislation affecting the rights of women and girls. To this end, WoLF actively tracks relevant federal, state, and local public policy including legislation, litigation, administrative rulemaking, executive actions, local rules, state bar association policies, and school board policies. In support of this effort, WoLF offers legal internships to cultivate future leaders who support the civil rights and legal recognition of more than half of the U.S. population: women and girls.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Lesbians

To serve as a thought leader in its key focus areas, WoLF supports its members through continuous civics and political engagement education by developing and disseminating accessible, informative content on feminist legal theory, women’s civil rights, as well as feminist history. Advanced through public dialogue, issues-based education is also facilitated through events such as panels, lectures, and workshops related to specific legislation or policies that organizes grassroots responses. Additionally, WoLF members are educated on current events by WoLF committees dedicated to tracking those issues most pertinent to its mission.

Population(s) Served

As a key to its educational initiatives, WoLF seeks to engage its community with understandable, accessible resources to empower its volunteers and support network to action, including but not limited to public polling data, a media style guide, and a civic engagement guide. These resources are vital tools that enable volunteers, activists, lobbyists, and concerned citizens to advocate in support of WoLF’s mission. Additionally, WoLF builds strategic partnerships and coalitions in support of its mission both domestically and abroad.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

WoLF aims to accomplish the following:
• Halting male extraction of resources from female bodies and minds, by regaining reproductive sovereignty, ending male violence including the sexual exploitation industry, and ensuring that women control the material conditions of our lives.
• Disrupting—and ultimately ending—the enforcement of gender because women’s liberation can only be won when this caste system has been abolished.
• Empowering women to organize as a class, including the creation and maintenance of women-only spaces.

WoLF focuses on issues that affect women and girls in the United States which are largely ignored by mainstream feminist organizations. Our strategic focus areas include Gender Abolition, Male Violence, the Sex Industry, and Women's Reproductive Autonomy.

1. Gender Abolition
• Educate the public and political leaders about the harms of gender and its centrality to male domination;
• Oppose enshrining into law the concepts of "gender identity" and "transgender";
• Facilitate a cultural shift away from gender roles, gender ideology, and sex stereotypes;
• Defend sex segregation of domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, and prisons that serve the most consistently vulnerable, impoverished, and abused women;
• Defend sex segregation of women's sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms;
• Support the needs and boundaries of lesbian and bisexual women; and
• Support the needs of detransitioners in their struggle to be healed and heard.

2. Male Violence
• Combat the global epidemic of male violence;
• Organize visible resistance to rape and pedophile culture;
• Support policies for legal justice for female survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking perpetrated by males;
• Support legislation that takes a broad view of self-defense, to include the impact of physical, sexual, and/or psychological abuse of women and girls who harm and/or kill their abusers or traffickers;
• Fight the normalization of violent or degrading sexual practices, the eroticization of women's pain, and toxic relationships; and
• Oppose the "rough sex" defense for men who have harmed or murdered women.

3. Commercial Sexual Exploitation Trade
• Abolish all forms of commercial sexual exploitation (e.g. prostitution, pornography, stripping, "camming," etc.) as they are forms of violence against women;
• Provide education and support for the Equality Model (aka Nordic Model) legislation that holds sexual offenders (sexual abuse buyers and traffickers) accountable while supporting exit strategies for victims; and
• Promote civil remedies for the harms caused by the pornography industry.

4. Women's Reproductive Autonomy
• Defend women's bodily sovereignty;
• Unapologetically support women's reproductive freedom, including but not limited to women's rights to abortion and birth control for any reason, and freedom from coerced sterilization, abortion, and birth control;
• Fight against surrogacy and the commodification of women's reproductive systems;
• Promote the visibility of midwives and doulas;
• Encourage women's knowledge and self-care of their bodies, including the promotion of informed consent for women when they receive healthcare; and
• Speak out against women's mistreatment in healthcare and lack of adequate treatment in healthcare systems.

Supported by its members and volunteers, WoLF works to protect, advance, and restore the rights of women and girls by focusing on the issues that almost no other feminist organization will tackle. Steered by women with decades of combined experience in radical feminist activism and grassroots organizing, our base of support has steadily expanded and increased our capacity to advance our mission.

As a radical feminist organization comprised entirely of women, our nonpartisan work is largely focused on addressing the ways that gender is used as a tool to oppress women under patriarchy. Although WoLF is still a small organization, compared to the industry giants we are up against, we began with the tireless efforts of our members and volunteers. Despite our limited capacity, WoLF has continued to lead the feminist charge against gender identity policies in the United States by forming key legislative partnerships and identifying areas of opportunity, including extending a hand across the aisle.

Creating policy change means working with policymakers. While there is no organization in the United States with which we agree on every issue that matters to our mission, there are a variety of organizations that do align with us on particular issues, such as preventing gender identity policies from infringing on the rights of women and girls. Conservative women have as much interest as any of us in our fundamental legal status and the protection of children. Feminist advocacy is for their benefit, also. While we may have come to the same conclusion on gender identity from different perspectives, the value gained from these strategic partnerships means that we are better able to serve the interests of women and girls.

WoLF is the largest feminist nonprofit providing a counter-narrative to gender ideology and the sex trade at every level of government in the United States. This is thanks to our willingness to develop strategic partnerships with people and groups with whom we may only have one issue in common. WoLF will continue to join forces with key partners on any side of the aisle who can help us strategically advance our issue areas as well as grow our membership base of women who are bravely opposing gender ideology. We hope that our feminist sisters will join us in this fight but, more importantly, we hope that they come to acknowledge the power in a diversity of tactics, and the need for strategic policy advocacy to protect and advance the rights of women and girls in the United States against the threat posed by “gender identity” policies.

Since our founding in 2013, WoLF has grown astounding beyond a volunteer-run organization as we lead the way in radical feminist legal advocacy and public education. Among our top past accomplishments, WoLF has:
• Published groundbreaking public polling data of likely voters' rejection (both nationwide in several key states) of "gender identity" policies;
• Held a widely-publicized and well-attended public talk at the Seattle Public Library, as well as creating numerous media appearances, to relay the "new misogyny" inherent in gender ideology;
• Successfully petitioned the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to propose regulatory modifications to restore the right of emergency shelter providers to maintain women's shelters, with sex-based eligibility rather than self-declared gender identities;
• Testified in opposition to the California legislature's SB 132 that mandates state prisons to allow men to be housed in women's prisons and jails if a man so chooses;
• Submitted the first feminist legal briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court calling for the preservation of sex-based civil rights laws and objecting to legal recognition of "transgender status" under such laws;
• Testified before Congress against proposals to undermine women's civil rights through bills that would enshrine "gender identity" in law;
• Met with top officials at three federal agencies to educate them on the value of sex-based civil rights for women and girls;
• Testified in opposition to several state bills providing for self-identification of sex on official government-issued identification documents;
• Protested the D.C. offices of Facebook, Twitter, and the Human Rights Campaign to voice objections to the censorship of radical feminist discussions and individuals;
• Created the WoLF Media Style Guide, a tool for journalists reporting on issues related to sex and gender identity, sexual orientation, and women's rights;
• Helped defeat a proposed law change in the District of Colombia that would have legalized pimping and brothel-running activities that exploit vulnerable women and girls.

In late 2020, WoLF received a capacity-building grant to hire professional staff for the first time to increase and expand our gender abolition work. Since the expansion of the WoLF in 2021, we have:
• Submitted a Petition for Rulemaking to the U.S. Department of Education on Title IX as well as a Statement for the record on the Equality Act hearing to protect the rights of women and girls;
• Created public tools such as the WoLF Guide to Civic Engagement, an essential tool for women to lobby local, state, and federal representatives on issues that matter to them;
• Responded to the United Nations Human Rights Council's call for input on "gender theory," joined by signatories across the political spectrum, including 43 organizations and 41 individuals representing ten countries, to outline the harms of gender ideology on women and girls; and more!

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Women's Liberation Front

Board of directors
as of 03/29/2022
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Board chair

Lierre Keith

Kacie Mills

Charlie Mountain

Devin Buckley

Jessica Dietzler

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? No

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.