Attorney and women’s rights activist Fatima Goss Graves is president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, a legal advocacy organization fighting for gender justice, especially for those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families. Goss Graves is also co-founder of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which helps connect workers with lawyers who can help pursue justice in cases of sexual harassment, assault, abuse, and related retaliation. Here, Goss Graves talks about the inspiration she finds in seeing teenage activists exercise their power and shares her vision of a future in which women and girls enjoy full equality.
“I’m probably most excited and inspired by our younger activists, the high school-age black girls in Washington, DC, who we worked with to co-author a report that detailed the discriminatory dress code policies that DC had. They not only pushed the DC city council to change that law effectively, they then began negotiating directly with their schools for new plans that actually respected them. Equality, in my mind, really is that vision for women and girls to live and learn and work and really be who they want to be.”
– Fatima Goss Graves
These videos are part of our featured series, The Future Is Hers, celebrating the power of women and girls around the world.