What We Do

What We Do

Women on the Rise is working to change the criminal legal system – Ending Mass-Criminalization in the City of Atlanta. Women on the Rise is working to change Atlanta City Ordinances – No more arrests for misdemeanor charges and violation of city ordinances. Women on the Rise is working to end Private Misdemeanor Probation – No more jail time for …

Who We Are

Who We Are

As Women on the Rise, we assert that public safety is created by strong, interdependent communities, and empowered women and families, not by prisons and police. We honor our lived experience, reclaim our inherent power, cultivate a passion for justice, and engage in bold, collective action to transform our communities and the institutions that affect our families and our lives.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Women on the Rise is a membership-based organization of women targeted and/or impacted by the criminal justice system. Women on the Rise works to educate, heal, and empower ourselves, one another and our communities to demand justice, dignity, and liberation for all.

Recent Work

Recent Work & Accomplishments

WoR Accomplishments include: October 2013: Though our core group has been meeting for nearly one year, we held our first Membership Meeting On October 26th and had more than forty women attend. September 2013: Women on the Rise joined 9 to 5’s Ban the Box Campaign, the Georgia Justice Project and ABLE to host ‘The Real Effects of a Criminal …

Rights Restoration

Rights Restoration

Women on the Rise also works with and supports efforts anchored by other organizations to eliminate the ban on food stamps for those convicted of drug offenses, reduce and/or eliminate lengthy probation and parole sentences, end housing discrimination against people with criminal convictions among other needed policy changes.

Ban The Box

Ban The Box

Women on the Rise is working with our sister organization Ban the Box/ 9to5 to get public and private employers to remove the box that asks about prior convictions or arrests on job applications.  We are working in a coordinated strategy to take city by city and county by county until we pass legislation at the state-wide level that bans …

No New Jail Beds

No New Jail Beds

The number one charge for women incarcerated is forgery (ie writing bad checks) and the majority of women incarcerated and/or detained in Georgia are there for non-violent offenses like shoplifting or simple drug possession. Currently, the Fulton County Jail is so over-capacity that women are forced to sleep on the floor in the jail and the County is spending even …

WoR Historic Victory

After four years of grassroots organizing and building pressure, Governor Deal has finally signed the executive order that Bans the Box on state employee job applications. Remind our communities and elected officials that when formerly incarcerated people and our allies fight injustice, we can (and will) win!