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Who are we?

We are an organization of 1.2 million member activists that fight for reproductive freedom for every person in every state. Each day, we organize and mobilize to protect that freedom by fighting for access to abortion care, birth control, paid parental leave and protections from pregnancy discrimination. Like 7 in 10 Americans, we believe abortion must remain legal and accessible. We are the foot soldiers who work to ensure that abortion access is not only protected, but expanded for every American. Since 1969, our member-driven campaigns have propelled political and cultural change at every level, from the statehouse to the White House.

What do we do?

1. Organize our 1.2 million member activists, and the allies around us, to make sure leaders at every level hear from their constituents—the 7 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.
2. Educate citizens, lawmakers and other influencers about the pernicious impacts of anti-choice policies.
3. Work with our network of state affiliates to promote progressive, proactive policies that advance reproductive freedom—and fight back against harmful restrictions that threaten access to basic health care.
4. Elect champions who don’t just pay lip service to the values of reproductive freedom, but who truly fight for them—and we help defeat those who want to roll back the clock on our rights.


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Project 1: The Fight Against Fake Clinics: Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) Finder

Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion and will often provide incomplete or incorrect information to scare people out of having an abortion, often lying to women, presenting bogus challenges like asking for a parent signature, or trying to postpone visits until an abortion is no longer possible. In seven states, money that is supposed to go to food stamps is channeled to CPCs, and it is now convention for many Republican nominees to visit one on the campaign trail. We want you to create first a Chrome extension and then, as a later milestone, an interactive map application that will identify and mark CPCs.

Level 1: Chrome extension that will identify CPCs

Compile and pull from database of CPCs

Identify them among Google search results with good accuracy

Inject HTML/JavaScript into the webpage to inform user when Chrome extension is on

Level 2: Interactive map

Using GoogleMaps (or another maps API, e.g. OpenStreetMap), prototype an application that identifies and marks CPCs when user searches for them

Level 3: Reporting feature

Implement a feature through which users can report CPCs when they find or visit one that was not initially marked by the app

Project 2: The Business Shamer

We want you to build an app that shows people which businesses or brands they should boycott while shopping (i.e. anti-choice, labor issues, discriminatory against pregnancies, anti-LGBTQ, Trump-endoresed). Give people a guide on companies that they should or should not support when shopping online or outside and pressure businesses to be socially responsible and accountable. An example of a possible visualization is having a color associated with a certain business, e.g. Nordstrom’s being red when it housed Ivanka Trump’s clothing line but now purple since it removed it. It will be part of the development process to determine what information should be displayed for a given business and how.

Level 1: Research and design mockup

Examine what kind of public information is available and build profiles on businesses, perhaps considering a feature in the final app to allow users to add facts or news to crowdsource information

Storyboard the user experience

For example, what does the opening screen look like? What’s the main functionality? If it’s searching for businesses, what does the search interface look like?

Determine what information is important, what should be displayed for a given business and how, design the interface

Level 2: Develop prototype for app

Level 3: Get it fully-functional, ready for deployment

Recommended Skills:

Interest in leveraging technology to support women and gender equality and/or engage the public to increase corporate responsibility/accountability

Web or mobile application development (e.g. CS 142, CS 193A/P)

Experience with UX design

Experience with using APIs, especially maps or geocoding