Join our One Million NextGen Campaign Supporting the Barbara Babcock NextGen Fund

May 7. 2022


Equal Rights Advocates is thrilled to announce an extraordinarily generous gift of $450,000 made by Michelle Mercer and Bruce Golden to the Barbara Babcock NextGen Fund. The Fund supports ERA’s work fostering the next generation of advocates, including students, interns, law clerks and fellows. The fund also supports ERA work promoting gender, racial, and economic justice for workers, students, and communities across the country.

With this gift, and as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Equal Rights Advocates proudly announces its One Million NextGen Campaign. Title IX is seminal law that opened equal opportunities for girls across the country in the classroom and playing fields. As we prepare for the years ahead, the NextGen Fund, first seeded by Michelle Mercer and Bruce Golden, will allow ERA to meet the needs of our movement today as we also celebrate the vision of the founding mothers of Equal Rights Advocates. These founding mothers include the incredible Barbara Babcock, the Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita at Stanford Law School.

Professor Babcock was an expert in criminal and civil procedure and a member of the Stanford Law School faculty from 1972 until her death in 2020. The first female law professor at Stanford University Law School, Professor Babcock was instrumental in the birth and development of Equal Rights Advocates. Professor Babcock and the students of her Stanford Law clinic joined with ERA to mentor the next generation of feminist legal advocates. She helped ERA secure seed nonprofit funding and served on its Board of Directors. Learn more here.

Professor Babcock inspired many of her students, including Michelle Mercer. Michelle and her husband Bruce Golden are fierce supporters of gender and immigrant justice, among other causes. As Professor Babcock fostered the next generation of lawyers, they do the same with this generous seeding of the Barbara Babcock NextGen Fund. We thank them and all the contributors of the fund to date.

Thank you for considering a contribution to the Barbara Babcock Next Gen Fund to help us meet our $1 million annual goal. Contributions may be made as multi-year pledges, and/or via stock transfer, and in honor of a tremendous mentor or young person who inspires you!

Barbara Babcock, an older woman in a dark shirt, smiling at the viewer with a campus building in the background.

Support our One Million NextGen Campaign with a gift today.

Stay Connected & Take Action

Continue to EqualRights.org

A collage of a female student lifting weights, a young woman jumping hurdles, a girls' basketball team giving each other a high five, a student in front of a Title IX poster, female students in a lab and hanging out on a pink background, and a graphic that says IX.

Join Us at Gala 2022

Join ERA on June 9, 4 pm PST, for our 2022 Virtual Gala, celebrating 50 years of Title IX impact and progress.

Reserve your spot today

Legal Advice & Resources / Consejos y Recursos legales

Know Your Rights

Learn what your rights are so you can navigate your situation and make the best decision for you.

Your Rights at Work
Your Rights at School

Contact Us

We may be able to provide free legal help for the following issues at school: gender and LGBTQI+ discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and pregnancy or parenting discrimination.

Apply for Legal Help

Learn More

We have trained legal advocates and lawyers on staff to guide you through your legal issue.

We're helping women, families, workers & students navigate COVID-19

Conozca Sus Derechos

Aprende sus derechos para que puedas navegar su situación y tomar la mejor decisión para ti.

Sus Derechos en el Trabajo

Contáctenos

Posible que podamos proveer ayuda legal por gratis por los siguientes problemas en el trabajo o la escuela: discriminación basado en el género o por LGBTQI+, acoso sexual, asalto sexual, y discriminación basado en el embarazo o por ser padre/madre.

Contáctenos

Nuestro servicio de asesoramiento por teléfono está cerrado por ahora

En este momento, no estamos recibiendo solicitudes dejadas por un recado de teléfono. Sin embargo, usted puede someter una solicitud para una consulta por la manera de hacer clic en el links "Empleo" o "Educación."