Jessica Neuwirth

President- ERA Coalition Former Policy Advisor- Amnesty International


Jessica Neuwirth is the president of the ERA Coalition, an organization working to support passage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. She is one of the founders of Equality Now, an international human rights organization aiming to end violence and discrimination against women.

She has also worked for Amnesty International, the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, and has served as a consultant on sexual violence to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, helping win landmark decisions recognizing rape as a form of genocide.

As a guest lecturer in 2005, she taught international women’s rights at Harvard Law School. As Special Advisor on Sexual Violence to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2010, she organized the UN high-level panel on reparations for victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

She is the author of Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment is Now, which explores historical and contemporary women’s rights cases related to topics including pay equity, pregnancy discrimination, and violence against women.

Ms. Neuwirth holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history from Yale University.