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How to apply for the 2023 US Public Voices Fellowship on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls

The Public Voices Fellowship on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls is a year-long initiative to accelerate the ideas and impact of 20 new thought leaders whose ideas can help break down the barriers that are continuing to hold women and girls back. 

Equality Now and The OpEd Project are looking for US-based fellows of all nationalities to take part in this year-long virtual program. 

Participants will receive extraordinary support, skills, and mentoring to ensure their ideas shape the greater public conversation. 

Those selected as fellows MUST commit to participating in all four convening sessions continuously and in full on the following dates:

  • First: July 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2023, 1-4:30pm ET, virtual 
  • Second: October 6th, 2023, 10am-5pm  ET in person 
  • Third: December 14th and 15th, 2023, 1-4:30pm ET virtual
  • Fourth: February 29th, Mar 1st, 2024, 1-4:30pm ET virtual

All workshops are provided free of charge, and all sessions are compulsory. The second convening will be held in person in New York City, and a limited number of travel and lodging stipends are available for those who need them. 

In addition, all participants MUST commit to writing a minimum of two op-ed (opinion) pieces and hopefully many more. We also encourage fellows to engage in other public forms of thought leadership (TED-style talk; podcast; etc.) during their fellowship.

Fellows will receive ongoing coaching throughout the Fellowship from dedicated and experienced media professionals who will provide regular, one-on-one assistance with developing ideas, editing, and media placement.

The combination of seminars and mentorship will provide fellows with a range of tools to communicate their ideas in the public sphere. They will learn how to generate new ideas; develop strategies for being timely at any time; write and pitch persuasive op-eds; and join a network of diverse and inspiring peers. 

The application deadline is 12 Midnight PST, Sunday, April 30, 2023.

The 2023 Public Voices Fellowship on Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls is looking for:

  • 20 fellows
  • Located in the USA
  • Innovative thinkers with a solutions-oriented mindset
  • Participants must be over 18 years old
  • Representation from a diverse mix of people across all identities, including nationalities  
  • Areas of expertise and focus could include, but aren’t limited to: 





civil society

climate change and ecology

community organizing

constitutional reform

criminal justice system



entertainment and the arts


indigenous rights


land rights



psychology and mental health



tech and the digital sphere

workers’ rights

For any questions, please contact Tara Carey at, subject line “OpEd Project – Public Voices Fellowship.”

Please note: Only applicants who can commit to attending all four convenings will be considered.