Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

Vice President for Development and Women and Democracy Fellow

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is Vice President for Development at the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice. She oversees all fundraising strategy for the organization, including leading the Center's 20th anniversary campaign. She is also the Brennan Center's inaugural Women and Democracy Fellow. 

As part of her work to commemorate the Center’s 20th anniversary, Weiss-Wolf conceptualized and co-edited the Brennan Center’s 2015 volume, Legal Change: Lesson’s from America’s Social Movements. The collection shares accounts from decades of legal advocacy in America and features case studies ranging from the victorious fight for marriage equality to partisan wrangling over the right to vote, to understanding modern movements for reproductive freedom, the environment, criminal justice reform, policing, the Second Amendment, and abolition of the death penalty.

Weiss-Wolf is a fierce advocate for and frequent writer on issues of gender, feminism, and politics in America. Dubbed the “architect of the U.S. campaign to squash the tampon tax” by Newsweek, Weiss-Wolf is the author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity (Arcade, Oct. 2017). Lauded by Gloria Steinem as “the beginning of liberation for us all,” Periods Gone Public earned starred reviews by Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, which credited its “thorough research and detailed history.” The Washington Post called it “a riveting read ... and a promising call to smart activism.”

Weiss-Wolf is a regular contributor to Ms. magazine. Her writing and work have appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Salon, Bloomberg, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Bustle, Rewire, Vice, and NPR among others. She is a contributor to the Young Adult book, Period.: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth (Macmillan, May 2018). Weiss-Wolf is an advisory board member of ZanaAfrica Foundation.

Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Weiss-Wolf was a Development Consultant specializing in foundations strategy for Legal Services NYC; Vice President, Development for the Pro Choice Resource Center; and Grants Manager for the American Civil Liberties Union. An entrepreneur at heart, she took a decade-long hiatus from the world of nonprofits to envision and co-found Milk Money, a women-owned company that creates and franchises stores that sell recycled children's clothing (featured by The New York Times as a "neighborhood joint in the family way").

Weiss-Wolf earned a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was Editor-in Chief of the Cardozo Women's Law Journal, and an A.B. from Lafayette College. She can be reached at jennifer.weiss-wolf@nyu.edu.

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  • “Abolish the Pink Tax: There Will be No Equality Without Menstrual Equity,” Rewire News (August 31, 2018)
  • “Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Says a House Panel Wouldn’t Fund Tampons for his Office, Marie Claire (June 29, 2018)
  • “Meghan Markle Has Championed Menstrual Equity: Here’s Why You Should Too,” Refinery29 (May 21, 2018) (with actor and activist Piper Perabo)
  • “On International Women’s Day and Every Day, Fight for Menstrual Equity,” New York Daily News (March 8, 2018)
  • “It’s Time for Menstrual Equity,” City and State (February 27, 2018) (with New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul)
  • "Women Are Finally Winning the Period Rights Fight," Newsweek (Jan. 25, 2018) 
  • “How I Became a Tampon Tax Crusader,” Salon (Nov.12, 2017)
  • “Could Your Period Get You Fired?” Marie Claire (Oct.12, 2017)
  • “For Women in Prison, Tampons Should be Free,” The New York Times (July 13, 2017)
  • “Ensuring Dignity: The Intersection of Incarceration and Menstruation,” Ms. Magazine (June 19, 2017)
  • “A President’s Day Tribute to Period Policy,” Ms. Magazine (Feb. 21, 2017)
  • “A Step Backward in the Fight Against the Tampon Tax,”  Cosmopolitan (Sept. 22, 2016)
  • “Philadelphia Freedom: Redefining Motherhood at the DNC,” Ms. Magazine (July 27, 2016)
  • “The Tampon Ticket,” Ms. Magazine (July 20, 2016)
  • “New York Makes History with Tampons and Pads,” The New York Times (June 21, 2016)
  • “What’s Next for Menstrual Activism in the United States,” Bustle (May 27, 2016)
  • “Feminine Hygiene Products Should Be Free in School,” Newsweek (April 20, 2016)
  • “The Year Period Policy Prevails,” Bloomberg (April 8, 2016)
  • “Could This Be the Beginning of the End of the Tampon Tax?” Cosmopolitan (March 3, 2016)
  • “Menstrual Products Taxed in 40 States: Here’s What’s Tax-Free,” Ms. Magazine (Feb. 19, 2016)
  • “Why Are We Paying Sales Tax on Tampons?” The Nation (Jan. 26, 2016)
  • “Blood in the Streets,” Huffington Post (Jan. 19, 2016)
  • “Periods Went Public in 2015: Here’s What’s Next,” Ms. Magazine (Jan. 5, 2016)
  • “Stop Taxing Menstruation,” Ms. Magazine (Dec. 2, 2015)
  • “Period Positivty: New York Leads the Way,” Ms. Magazine (Sept. 16, 2015)
  • “For Equity Give Out Tampons in Schools,” New York Daily News (Oct. 9, 2015)
  • “Menstruation Innovation: Lessons From India,” The New York Times (Sept. 1, 2015)
  • “America’s Very Real Menstrual Crisis,” TIME  (Aug. 11, 2015)
  • “Time to Shelve the Tampon Tax,” New York Daily News (June 1, 2015)
  • “Helping Women and Girls. Period. Part Two.” The New York Times (April 22, 2015)
  • “Helping Women and Girls. Period,” The New York Times (Jan. 28, 2015)
  • “School Dress Codes Unfairly Target Girls,” Al Jazeera America (Oct. 14, 2014)
  • “My Daughter was Dress Coded for Wearing Shorts,” Slate (June 9, 2014)