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Sandra Fluke          

Social Justice Advocate and Women's Health Expert

Sandra Fluke arrived on the national stage in February 2012, when she memorably testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the need to provide affordable access to contraception. Her advocacy left an indelible mark. In September 2012, Fluke took the stage as a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention, delivering an impassioned speech about the election and what its outcome could mean for women everywhere. She continues to enrapt and remind audiences across the country that basic human rights matter more than ever.

Fluke has devoted her energies to pursuing a career in public interest advocacy since attending Cornell University, where she received a BS in Policy Analysis and Management and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center as a Public Interest Law Scholar with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. She was awarded the 2012 National Association of Women Lawyers Award, and was recognized for her extensive pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, and human rights advocacy in Kenya.

Fluke founded the Program Evaluation Initiative for Sanctuary for Families in New York City, ensuring high quality services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. She also served on the Manhattan Borough Presidents Taskforce on Domestic Violence and co-founded the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which successfully lobbied for legislation allowing LGBTQ, teen, and other victims of intimate partner violence to access civil orders of protection. Her advocacy has been recognized by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, as well as the American Federation of Teachers, American Constitution Society, Center for Reproductive Rights, National Partnership for Women and Families, Womens Campaign Fund, and others.

In 2014, Fluke ran for California State Senate in the then new 26th district but lost to Democrat Ben Allen.


Speech Topics

Making our Voices Heard: Women's Rights Today

In this presentation, women's rights speaker Sandra Fluke expertly surveys local, state, and federal legislation and legislative trends that have the potential to advance or hinder the progress of social justice. Her inspiring talk is nothing short of a call to audience members to make their own voices heard and create social change and legislative action on issues that are important to them. Fluke also discusses her notable experience in 2012 before a House panel, in which she passionately testified on the need to provide access to contraception. She discusses how even though she was raked over the coals by conservative political commentators, rather than respond in kind, she transformed the media focus into an opportunity to advocate for important social justice concerns.


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